French firm hosting WikiLeaks - for now

2010-12-08 15:34

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Paris - The French government's effort to stop a French company from hosting WikiLeaks has failed - for now.

Two courts say they need more time to examine the issue.

Industry Minister Eric Besson has ordered a state agency to examine how to prevent WikiLeaks from being hosted in France. Web services company OVH has been hosting it since last week.

OVH sought a ruling by two courts about the legality of hosting WikiLeaks in France - and the judges said this week they couldn't decide on the highly technical case right away.

WikiLeaks has been releasing publicly more than 250 000 often-embarrassing US diplomatic memos.

On Monday, WikiLeaks' Swedish servers came under attack.

PRQ's owner Mikael Viborg said that his servers had become non-responsive. While it wasn't immediately clear why, he said it was probably due to a distributed denial of service attack - a technique in which remote computers hijacked by rogue programs jam a website with massive amounts of data.

American web companies Amazon.com, Paypal, and EveryDNS have pulled the plug on their relationships with WikiLeaks one after the other.
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