Death of a data haven: cypherpunks, WikiLeaks, and the world’s smallest nation

March 28, 2012 | Source: Ars Technica

Sealand (credit: Ryan Lackey/Wikimedia Commons)

WikiLeaks may be planning to escape its legal troubles, says Fox News, by putting its servers on Sealand, a World War II anti-aircraft platform seven miles off the English coast in the North Sea — a place that calls itself an independent nation.

Sounds perfect: a friendly, legally unassailable host with an anything-goes attitude.

Guess what? A company called HavenCo tried it already, and it didn’t end well, as noted in ”Sealand, HavenCo, and the Rule of Law” (PDF).