2010-12-22 Malware Warning Update for wikileaks.org and wikileaks.info

Spamhaus, a nonprofit, anti-spam volunteer organization, issued a malware warning forwikileaks.org and wikileaks.info on December 14.

The next day, WikiLeaks.info strenuously objected to the warning, replying with the following statement:

Spamhaus’ False Allegations Against wikileaks.info Published 15-Dec-2010, 8:00 AM GMT

On Tuesday, 14-Dec-2010 Spamhaus has issued a statement wherein it labels wikileaks.info as “unsafe”, as they consider our hosting company as a malware facilitator:

http://www.spamhaus.org/news.lasso?article=665

We find it very disturbing that Spamhaus labels a site as dangerous without even checking if there is any malware on it. We monitor the wikileaks.info site and we can guarantee that there is no malware on it. We do not know who else is hosted with Heihachi Ltd and it is none of our business. They provide reliable hosting to us. That’s it.

While we are in favour of “Blacklists”, be it for mail servers or web sites, they have to be compiled with care. Just listing whole IP blocks as “bad” may be quick and easy for the blacklist editors, but will harm hosters and web site users.

Wikileaks has been pulled from big hosters like Amazon. That’s why we are using a “bulletproof” hoster that does not just kick a site when it gets a letter from government or a big company. Our hoster is giving home to many political sites like castor-schottern.org and should not be blocked just because they might have hosted some malware sites.

Fortunately, more responsible blacklists, like stopbadware.org (which protects the Firefox browser, for example), don’t list us. We do hope that Spamhaus hasn’t issued this statement due to political pressure.

Wikileaks.info will always be safe and clean. Promised:

Google Safe Browsing Check for wikileaks.info

Update (15-Dec-2010 17:00 PM GMT): Spamhaus has updated their statement to say that they don’t blacklist us.

The wikileaks.info Team

The statement, with links to original sources, can be found in this comprehensive article.

 
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