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WikiLeaks Struggles to Stay Online After Cyberattacks

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An American provider of Internet domain names withdrew its service to the WikiLeaks Web site late Thursday after a barrage of attacks by hackers threatened to destabilize its entire system. But by Friday, WikiLeaks was pointing users to versions of its Web site registered in a number of European countries, including Switzerland, Germany, Finland and the Netherlands.

Shortly after the action by, which provides domain names for about 500,000 Web sites, the French government began seeking measures to keep the whistle-blowing organization from being hosted in France. The moves follow a decision on Wednesday by Inc. to expel WikiLeaks from its servers. The organization remains on the servers of a Swedish host, Bahnhof.

WikiLeaks appears increasingly engaged in a game of digital Whac-A-Mole as it struggles to stay online after publicizing a huge array of some 250,000 leaked State Department documents relating to American foreign policy around the globe.

From The New York Times
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