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      DDoS and Brute Force Attacks   09/18/2016

      From the day following upgrade to the new forum software, 15th Sept until the 19th, we were 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 was 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, and bombarding the mailserver with similar bogus requests, some of which left some rather telling details behind.  This was followed up a couple of days later with a further attack that left more data to sift through, which we have passed on to our IT forensics people.On the advice of our Lawyer and fellow member JohnT, we yesterday informed the National Crime Agency and requested their assistance with the matter, and in an ongoing dialogue with them to find the culprits, so we are allowing them access to the server and its logs.    We don't believe that this is a random attack on balance, but for 5 days and a further evening we had to put up with some disturbance and interruption to the usually fast response of the website as we are seeing now that the attack has ended.  We will prevail, and don't worry about it.  We were the target, and these people will not win.  Karma will catch up with them   Mike, Greg, Dave & Julien.

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  1. Nah, that would have been Mr William's build he built concurrently with mine..... I finished mine first though Good taste though
  2. Thanks for the comments all. It definitely stands out in the collection
  3. Xtradecal decals John, but they were awful to work with unfortunately!
  4. Hi, I finished this one a couple of weeks back. Finally got her into the photo booth. Xtradecals leave a lot to be desired, with mis numbering, brittleness etc to deal with, but gentle coaxing with X-20A did the trick... 1:48 Airfix meteor F8 NEW TOOL Paints used: Gunze Light Aircraft Grey, Tamiya XF-3 Flat yellow, XF-69 NATO Black Extras: Pavla Mk 4 Seat, Albion Alloys telescopic Aluminium tube for Pitot Decals: Xtradecal X48160 Cheers Chris
  5. Perhaps image 13 over on UKAR of a typhoon coded GS yesterday gives a hint...... http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=72136
  6. I bought directly from Akan recently to get the SU33 set, as everyone else around the world was out of stock. Alex was a fantastic help, paints arrived in under a week, and cheaper than elsewhere too You need to use google translate, but it worked great. I believe he sells individual pots too. (Ask to use PayPal, as site options are for Russia only) http://shop.akan.ru
  7. Oh yeah.... Thanks for those mate!
  8. Tamiya XF 83 Medium sea grey. The radome is Tamiya dark sea grey lightened with a touch of white. Friction are areas at the wing roots is a custom mix of msg and white with some sky grey too. Pitfalls, build the rear section in its entirety before attaching the nose. The worst part is getting the outside faces of the intakes to align. Test fitting and adjusting before committing to glue is the order of the day.
  9. So, I've been wanting to build aircraft from 617 for sometime, but have been waiting patiently for the new Revell release of the GR4. Kit is a marked improvement on the Italeri and Hobbyboss kits. Only replacements were the seats, the WSO's MFD's and the wheels. Little cars lens added to the chin pod, and decals from Xtradecal. Painted with a mix of Tamiya, AK Xtreme metals. The Lancaster is the 1:72 model from Airfix. A surprisingly awkward build with a number of warped parts. Fuselage windows were filled, bomb bay doors replaced with the bulged offering form Freightdog, to accommodate the Tallboy modifications. Decals from xtradecal to get a decent shade of red, and the nose art from the Kits world series.
  10. Windolene or anything with a hint of ammonia in it will lift the aqua gloss and Vallejo. It's pretty much just Klear floor polish anyway. I always tint on the inside using thin Tamiya clear paints. That way you are left with a glossy external finish.
  11. I find a fine pin wash with paynes grey oil works a treat. Just to highlight the panel lines and tie in the decals...
  12. Maybe a good clue from SP?
  13. It's the front fork set from Tamiya, so proper anodised turned metal parts. Worth every penny
  14. Yes it's an end of an era, but I think you might want to think about the crews who will be flying civilian SAR before commenting. They are fantastically skilled aircrew, of whom many are ex military anyhow. The new machines, are by far a superior airframe, which to date, hasn't yet been proven to the degree the mighty seaking was, but they will.