WikiLeaks self-replicates to avoid blanket ban

WikiLeaks is appealing to the web community to copy its content in order to avoid what looks increasingly like becoming a worldwide ban.

A growing list of countries is currently seeking to block access to the whistle-blowing web site which is currently running from pillar to post in an attempt to out-run censorship and growing DDoS attacks.

The outfit's main servers are currently residing in Switzerland but WikiLeaks is reporting that it is currently under heavy attack and is appealing for help to make it impossible for the authorities and vigilante hackers to remove it permanently from the Internet.

"if you have a Unix-based server which is hosting a website on the Internet and you want to give WikiLeaks some of your hosting resources, you can help!" says the appeal.

WikiLeaks goes on to give full instructions on how to set up a mirror site which replicates all of the data on the main site as well as the Cablegate content which has caused all of the current kerfuffle.

So far, more than 350 hosts have taken up the mantle and are currently hosting mirror sites which automatically update whenever the parent site is changed.

Potential mirror sites will need to set up an account capable of receiving files using RSYNC+SSH or FTP and use WikiLeaks' SSH key to enable the FTP account.

Setting up a virtual host and sending the IP address to WikiLeaks via an on-line form will complete the process.

WikiLeaks says the parent site is only hosting static HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PNG files so won't hog a huge amount of resources to host the data which amounts to less than a couple of gigabytes at the moment.

Earlier reports that WikiLeaks had been banned in the UAE have recently been attributed to 'browser inconsistencies' and it now seems that the blame for the apparent outage has been laid at the feet of Internet Explorer. We're hearing that Firefox works fine.