Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Court orders Wikileaks website shutdown

A US federal court has shut down Wikileaks a controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to post corporate and government documents anonymously. According to a report in PCWorld, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco issued an injunction ordering Dynadot, which controls the site's domain name, to remove all traces of Wikileaks from its servers. The court also ordered that Dynadot must prevent the domain name from resolving to the wikileaks.org website and demanded that details of the site's registrant, contacts, payment records and "IP addresses and associated data used by any person...who accessed the account for the domain name" be handed over. Wikileaks used to be at www.wikileaks.org but you won't find anything there now - though the site remains online in other countries, including Belgium, India and Germany.
The court order came because Swiss banking group Julius Baer filed a lawsuit after "several hundred" documents were posted about its offshore activities. Some of those documents, which were allegedly posted by a former vice president of the bank's Cayman Island's operation, allegedly reveal that Julius Baer was involved in offshore money laundering and tax evasion in the Cayman Islands.
Wikileaks was founded in 2006 by dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and technologists from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

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