The CA server has been overwhelmed. The kinds of load it is getting is difficult for a single server unit to deal with. So “cloud servers” like we have at wordpress.com that are scalable and multihomed work much better for the current situation.
I’m pleased to announce that a mirror on wordpress.com has been setup, and Steve McIntyre is posting new content there.
Steve’s post on receiving an FOI denial letter on November 18th is particularly interesting, because it lends credence to the theory that this may have been a whistle-blower, rather than a hacker.
Be sure to check out http://camirror.wordpress.com
It turns out the zip file posted by person(s) unknown was dated November 12th. The letter Steve received is dated Nov. 13, 2009.
Given the specifics of the content of the FOI2009.zip file, which is narrow in focus and not broad, it appears that the file may have been compiled with the expectation of having to fill the FOIA request from McIntyre.
This is speculation on my part, but read what Steve has to say about it here.