Wikileaks (www.wikileaks.org) is probably the most discussed website (Internet address) of this year. It has been attacked, hacked, disconnected, re-connected… you name it. The authors know why they have several mirror sites and national versions. The Czech website, however, is a little odd… Just a few days ago, its “hello message” changed. And it seems like it will have nothing to do with the original…
If you typed www.wikileaks.cz on the day this post was first published, the following page appeared:
It means “Prepared for a customer of the Trustica company”. Trustica is an Internet security company that has had major business contacts with the Czech government, for example the Ministry of Industry and Trade or the Ministry of the Interior. The company has tested the ministry’s measures in place to prevent unauthorised access to the IT system.
Until last week, it was blocked by domain administrator Active24.cz for a private owner. DNSStuff.com had this to say:
domain: wikileaks.cz registrant: GIGASERVER-1272477422 admin-c: GIGASERVER-1272477422 nsset: NSS:GLOBE-SGLO000001:1 keyset: A24-KEYSET registrar: REG-ACTIVE24 status: paid and in zone registered: 09.12.2009 00:14:01 changed: 06.12.2010 21:34:42 expire: 09.12.2010 contact: GIGASERVER-1272477422 name: Luděk Kvapil address: Smetanova 1280 address: Lomnice nad Popelkou address: 51251 address: CZ e-mail: ***********@gmail.com registrar: REG-SEONET created: 28.04.2010 19:59:23 changed: 29.09.2010 10:37:52 nsset: NSS:GLOBE-SGLO000001:1 nserver: alfa.ns.active24.cz (184.108.40.206) nserver: beta.ns.active24.cz (220.127.116.11) tech-c: ACTIVE24 registrar: REG-ACTIVE24 created: 01.10.2007 02:00:00 changed: 05.10.2009 14:06:12 contact: ACTIVE24 org: ACTIVE 24, s.r.o. name: ACTIVE 24, s.r.o. address: Sokolovská 394/17 address: Praha 8 address: 186 00 address: CZ phone: +420.234262000 fax-no: +420.234262009 registrar: REG-ACTIVE24 created: 29.04.2008 12:35:02 changed: 15.01.2009 12:07:49
UPDATE: Mr. Kvapil wrote recently and explained that it will be a website of an NGO and that it is his personal project. In other words, the content will not be operated by the aforementioned company.
It would be naive to assume that an IT security company that has had business contacts with the government and that includes government server security testing among its achievements would want to be associated with the genuine website with its contents that mostly come from unauthorised and leaked sources. [UPDATE: well, what do you know, it might not be the case here]
UPDATE: As at December 17, 2010 the homepage included the introduction that says that the purpose of the website is to introduce materials that have been published on the main WikiLeaks server and are in some way related to, or associated with, the Czech Republic.