First reported in a Norwegian paper
, but then picked up by Forbes
and several other online sources, it now looks like Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks organization are very media-savvy as well as smart and wily.
The whistle-blowing website is being hosted by Internet Service Provider (ISP) Bahnhof, and they recently moved their servers into an empty Cold War bunker 30 meters (100 feet) deep under the streets of Stockholm. The underground data center is 4,000 square meters large and Bahnhof put much effort into redesigning the old bunker into a modern data center that could easily be featured in a James Bond movie.
Originally built to withstand an H-bomb, it has entrance doors made from 40 cm (16 inch) steel. Bahnhof is now the proud owner of the remodelled and very safe 'Pionen' White Mountains data centre. This unique data center has greenhouses, waterfalls, German submarine engines for back-up electricity, simulated daylight and can withstand a hit from a hydrogen bomb.
Andy Greenberg's blog on Forbes adds this:
Wikileaks has likely spread its servers well beyond any single data center, including other facilities in Sweden and Iceland, and it’s also posted an encrypted file labeled “insurance” on its site, potentially to be used as a threat of further data spillage aimed at preventing attacks on the site or its volunteer staff.
In the coming weeks, Wikileaks has said it will release another 15,000 documents related to the war in Afghanistan. As the controversy around the site mounts, it may need every protection it can find.
The blog also quotes Jon Karlung, CEO of Bahnhof, as saying:
“We’re proud to have clients like these. The Internet should be an open source for freedom of speech, and the role of an ISP is to be a neutral technological tool of access, not an instrument for collecting information from customers. We have an unbroken chain of fiber-optic cables that cover 2,300 kilometers [and] we’re positive that [government agencies] haven’t installed any equipment yet.”
Several images taken in the 'Pionen' data center can be found on Pingdom