It has become common practise for extortionists to target net firms and threaten to cripple their websites with deluges of data unless they pay a ransom. Not all the e-criminals are able to follow through on their threats but when the Nochex site went down at 8pm it was time to sit up and take notice.
"We get quite a few, maybe once a month so we don't always take it too seriously," he said.
In this instance though Mr Malik did contact his service provider Pipex. "They told us we were being flooded by a zombie attack," he said.