The famous server that hosted Wikileaks during its controversial release of secret U.S. State Department cables is now on eBay. The server was listed at $3,150 on eBay, and it was going for US $25,433.33 as of now. But Karlung hopes to raise at least $50,000 by the time the bidding ends this week.
Bahnhof, the Swedish ISP that originally hosted WikiLeaks, has put the machine up for auction on eBay. For the next week, you can bid for a piece of whistleblower history. You may check the auction here on eBay Site.
Back in 2010, the machine hosted the Iraq War Logs and secret State Department cables leaked to WikiLeaks by U.S Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning (who has since changed his name to Chelsea Manning).
WikiLeaks rented server space from Bahnhof for nine months back in late 2010 and early 2011. The Dell Poweredge R410 server wasn’t used by any other customers, Karlung says. For the past few years, it has served as a conversation piece in a bar at Bahnhof’s Thule data center. But Karlung is now putting it on the block to raise money for Reporters Without Borders and the 5th of July Foundation.
At the time, it was kept in Bahnhof’s underground data center, known as Pionen White Mountains, a converted Cold War-era atomic bunker with cave walls located just south of Stockholm, Sweden. From its waist-high spot in a row of server racks, the machine’s many little green diodes blinked incessantly as its cooling fan hummed alongside 8,000 others. Its only defining feature: a tiny sticker with the letters “WL.”
From there, it survived numerous attempts by outside hackers trying to disrupt or cripple the server via denial-of-service attacks and all failed.