Early on Tuesday, Wikileaks Tweeted that it was experiencing "another DDoS attack." Later, it added that the attack had reached 10 gigabits per second. According to a study by Internet security company Arbor Networks, the average DoS attack over the past year has been at about 349 megabits per second.
It's not a new development, in fact. Box Binary said that they noticed the Iraq war diaries, Wikileaks' prior release, were being hosted on Amazon EC2 servers, as well. In fact, the content of the actual "Cablegate" diplomatic cable leak is being hosted on both Amazon's EC2 servers and Octopuce servers in France.
Others have noted that Wikileaks is moving from smaller providers to larger ones, more likely to withstand a DDoS assault.
It's interesting, because until this new leak, not much was said about Amazon.com EC2 role in Wikileaks' leaks. Box Binary also said:
I thought it was a Big Deal – to me it seemed so odd, surely a mistake, to put this material not only on servers run by a US company, but physically on US soil – surely making it quite difficult to refute claims of illegality by the US authorities.