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  1. Since the day after we upgraded, we have been under a concerted attack by a person or persons using a number of 'bots and other people's Proxy networks to carry out what is called a Distributed Denial of Service attack, which is a method by which these 'bots submit thousands of requests to the website per second to overload the server and bring the site to its knees. While this is going on, they were also making Brute Force attacks on our remote communications port to try and breach the server so they could do anything from format the hard drives to change ownership of the site. We have been combating this with the tools available to us, and are gathering evidence against the attackers, who are persisting with their attack regardless of the consequences to themselves. On the advice of our Lawyers, we have today informed the National Crime Agency and requested their assistance with the matter, and their initial response has been positive, so we are allowing them access to the server and its logs. Hackers are seldom able to completely mask their real identity and location, and we have some very competent people working on it on our behalf. We don't believe that this is a random attack, but for the time being we're probably still going to have to put up with some disturbance and interruption to the usually fast response of the website such as we were experiencing once the upgrade had finished and before the attack started. We will prevail, and don't worry about it. We're the target, but we're backing up offsite, so these people will not win. By all means ask any questions you might have about the incident, but please don't stoop to name calling. We know what they are already Mike, Greg, Dave & Julien.