MOONFRUIT TAKES WEBSITES OFFLINE AFTER CYBER-ATTACK THREAT
Thousands of business and personal websites have been taken offline by web host Moonfruit, after it was threatened with a cyber-attack.
The Moonfruit service lets customers easily build templated websites.
But the company said it had been threatened with a cyber-attack and had decided to make its customers' websites unavailable for "up to 12 hours" to make infrastructure changes.
One business owner told the BBC it was "very bad timing".
On Thursday, 10 December, the company said it had been hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
Attackers bombarded the company's computers to overwhelm them with traffic, so they could not serve its legitimate users.