Some of our loyal readers may be experiencing problems in accessing this weblog, probably because of some DNS problems at our webhost.
If you use Tor for a bit of imperfect privacy from snooping, you may still be directed to systems where the DNS cache is still correct. You may still catch the RSS / XML feeds from a blog aggregator service.
Otherwise, if you add 18.104.22.168 (ns.iomart.co.uk) to your list of Domain Name Service servers, you should still find that IP address 22.214.171.124 points to the server on which www.spy.org.uk is hosted in London Docklands, rather than apparently to a NTL Cable Modem allocation in Leeds, which is what you get from many large UK ISPs at the moment, including BT, Pipex and others in the USA.
Astonishingly, there appears to be a problem with the domain name registration for the authoritative Domain Name Service (DNS) servers, which advertise the domain name spy.org.uk (and many others) to the rest of the internet
even though the DNS and web servers themselves are all working fine under other aliases.
We will be "turning on the hairdryer" over the phone in a few hours time when our webhosts tech support line wakes up.
Imagine the difficulties and delays you would be facing if you were trying to report such a problem to your Local Police force, if you suspected that it was a deliberate DNS based Denial of Service attack. Remeber that the National High Tech Crime Unit, has been merged into the secretive Serious Organised Crime Agency who refuse to talk to the general public, and for whom, incredibly, Computer Crime no longer seems to be a priority.