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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. In the 1972 episode of 'The Persuaders' 'A Death in the Family', several members of Brett Sinclairs family (all played by Roger Moore) are mysteriously 'bumped off'. One of these, a retired military type, is killed with an exploding remote control Bandai 1/16 Panzer IV. Plots like this make Teletubbies seem sensible by comparison.
  2. Halfords Clear Lacquer. Remember though, I use acrylics, this stuff may react with acrylics. However, if I did need to use it over enamels, I would coat the enamel in Johnsons Clear first as it is a neutral barrier.
  3. Thanks, but I have more Johnsons Clear than I know what to do with.
  4. I've had no problems with Humbrol varnishes except once when I didn't shake the can first, and it came out white. However, I now prefer to use Halfords clear for glosswork whilst for matt or silk I use a blend of Klear and Tamiya Flat Base. I use acrylics.
  5. I read Knoke's book some years ago, and was impressed by the honest straightforward way in which it is presented, not as deliberately pc as Gallands book or as vehement as Rudels.
  6. As always, a great show. Limited my purchases to a Javelin T3 and a Harrier T4, as my stash is way too big already. But hey, the real plus of the show is to touch base with so many old friends, priceless.
  7. It's called an Ejection seat. Ejector seats are only found in 1960s James Bond movies...
  8. Gave up part way because I thought it was rubbish. Evans shouting was probably the reason, my give it another go some other time.
  9. Brilliant, it brings back pleasant memories of a school trip to Boulogne in 1973. We all bought souvenir Eiffel Towers (????) and did our best to smuggle back French table wine (30p a bottle!) to drink on the return journey. We ended up stranded in Boulogne for hours because the Channel was too choppy for the SRN4 to risk it, but got drunk as skunks on the wine while we waited - happy days...
  10. Calum, I have both the GR1 and GR3 boxings of the 1/48 Airfix kit, so I have looked at the differences in stencils. They are quite similar, in that most of the stencils are the same and the differences are (to my eyes) are all in some of the smaller stencils. I would be inclined to ignore the small differences, since you can't assume that in both cases 1) Airfix have got right and 2) if there are differences, you can't assume that they are universal in all wraparound GR1's or GR.3's. Just my opinion, thinking it through... Incidentally, I am aiming to use Xtradecal X020-48, which has a nicely printed selection of 6 and 54 Sqn machines at Coltishall...
  11. If the problem with Humbrol is 'not a lot in the can', then substituting Tamiya only makes things worse...
  12. Love it! Did one of these a few years back when it was first released and had the issue with the canopy... Ended up adapting a spare from a trashed Fujimi kit.
  13. FWIW, I have a completed 1/72 Hasegawa Beaufighter TFX - the wingspan is 243mm. I imagine the length depends on whether it has a thimble nose... mine has. If the Airfix kit does have a longer wingspan, I shan't worry, I'll just get on and build it. My lasting impression of the Hasegawa kit is its superb build quality, I hope the Airfix version is as good in that respect.
  14. Revell reissued the Airfix 1/72 Concorde last year.
  15. Ahoy there, matey!