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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. Very obvious change in section just aft of the cockpit
  2. OK, looks do-able, especially in 1/72
  3. Yes. The cheap ones generally perform more poorly. They can also be affected by ambient humidity.
  4. Email from hattons this morning, they anticipate stocks from their supplier on 3rd October
  5. Sounds about right - not sure if any cockpit differences, but in 1/72 they'll be minor
  6. It's also on the 1/48th Stuka.
  7. TBH, the Revell kit was great for 1998, but it's a little inaccurate, especially in having undersized sponsons. Looking at one alongside the Airfix one, a number of other shapes, especially around the engine housing, look off. converting the Airfix HAR 3 back to a HAS2 shouldn't be too difficult, mainly removing bits and pieces. I think the latter HAS2s had the composite blades, but that is something to keep an eye on.
  8. Possibly the instructions completed before the colour schemes were finalised, and they forgot to amend the instructions?
  9. Different 164 Squadron aircraft, MK Va P9563
  10. I still have John's old Aeroclub vac fuselage, which I plan to match to bits from an Airfix Tiger Moth someday
  11. I initially got excited because I thought it resembled the Comet 1 at Cosford, but that has different supports. Fun times......Funbus.....VC10? Remember my post a while back about someone seen measuring the one at Cosford?
  12. The Sunderland was tooled in the 60s. If true, this is a new one. Not sure it is though. Anyone got a walk around to show? something in the back of my mind says I recognise that!
  13. Isn't the Wolfpack the Sword kit with extra bits added?
  14. I might have another source, but if anyone does know...
  15. Somewhere I have. Scan of an article on doing an F5B to T38 conversion in 1/72