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Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks

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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks

As its operations have come under increasing financial and political pressure, WikiLeaks has quietly bolstered its electronic defenses in an attempt to become more difficult to censor.

In the last few days, the portion of WikiLeaks' infrastructure that relied on a company in Reno, Nev., has been shifted outside the United States to a provider in Toronto. Instead of employing only one company to direct traffic to, currently the organization's primary Web site, 14 providers are now being used to provide redundancy in case of legal or extralegal attack.

The reconfiguration comes as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested yesterday on sexual assault-related charges in London—charges that he strenuously denies and says are politically motivated—and was denied bail. An extradition hearing has been scheduled for December 14.

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