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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. It's the underside of the one aircraft the RAFM isn't removing from the Battle of Britain Hall. The Sunderland.
  2. Must have been different in Manchester then as my father often invited a villain (of the Norman Stanley Fletcher type) he was about to nick to the pub for a drink first. Has anyone thought that these problems the site has been suffering may well be the authorities themselves? After all there must be several threads asking for information on bombs and other weapons and other suchlike trigger words that must get the bells ringing at the NSA / GCHQ Cheltenham for a manual check.
  3. Sad news indeed. I proud to say that I met him a couple of times and own two of his paintings.
  4. A young lad of about eleven came in with his dad during the summer holidays and bought an Airfix Mustang starter set. After a few days he came back with a lengthy list of paints he wanted to buy. No call outs or numbers, just names, which prompted one or two questions ("Grey. Hmm, which one exactly?") and a discussion on the merits of acrylic against enamel. He opted for enamels, and I offered one or two hints on using them and looking after them. I gave him a flyer for the West Cornwall Model Show and out he went, happy, his purchases in hand. I heard him say to his dad "I like going in there. That man is really nice, and he knows what he's talking about". Apart from giving me an ego boost, it has meant that he has been back twice more to buy more kits and he is looking forward to visiting the show. I have done my job, and hopefully he will have a long model making career. There in that story Mr T7 Models proves my theory that modelshop owners are really drug dealers. Taking a poor innocent boy and turning him into a modelling junkie like the rest of us .
  5. I was an Air Cadet gliding instructor, we did everything. Admin, flying, instructing (ground and air), BF, AF, TR servicings including refuelling, acted as fireman, air traffic, MT driver, cook, cleaner, storeman, squipper, child minder, you name it we did it. So well did we do it that the RAF big wigs got rid of us just in case some politician caught on and got what remains of the RAF to do the same.
  6. I live 9 miles from Salisbury and being a modelling addict I try not to go there too often as it has TWO modelshops and I'm weak willed. When I do it sometimes takes some time to get served but that's because the owners are taking the time to pass on their knowledge to customers - not a problem other than it means I usually find something else to buy. On the subject of unhelpful staff and shop blocking customers, I used to love the choice you had at the Hannants branch by the Colindale tube station but loath the experience as the staff would seemingly prefer to talk to their mates rather than take my money
  7. To extend the series and bring back some good old Airfix 'play value' There will be a model of the original Palace of Westminster with cellers that you can fit fireworks in and complete the job Guy Fawkes failed to do.
  8. Before you get too excited about old aircraft in modern schemes you need to remember that QinetiQ at Boscombe Down still operate a 1943 vintage Harvard. The prototype/pre production Hawk still flies from there as well.
  9. Well I like it.................... Said Florence hopefully
  10. Static line over the ramp is limited by the behaviour of the static line and the bag on the end after the parachute has left it. The airflow makes them spin and after a certain number the next man is liable to be injured as the leave by a flailing club of static lines. The U.K. Had a limit of 12 parachutes over the ramp which is OK for SF in a stores preceding men role. It also helps if the store uses a breakaway static line with the weak link at the aircraft end
  11. Relocate RAFM Hendon to Kenley. It has BoB heritage, the local council want to keep it open space, so it'll continue to look like an airfield. It's inside the M25 so counts as a London location. Cosford needs a large aircraft shed as it has a Hercules, VC10 and Nimrod to get under cover for a start. The plans for The Stafford store are more worrying. The bean counters know that storage costs and in these times of austerity will they permit it?
  12. They had to do something about the DERA name especially as even the customers were saying "dearer by name, dearer by nature".
  13. There are people here who work for QinetiQ and I can confirm that there were mutterings amongst the staff about it being a <insert expletive of your choice> stupid name at the time it was announced. The management got rather heated about it all and accused us of all be 'Corporate Terrorists' which I suppose is a modern version of 'Luddite'. Its odd to think that many of those Corporate Terrorists still work for the company and have grown to like the name whilst the management have moved on.
  14. I once watch from close to an Airship 500 land at RAF Benson. For an airship it was a hard landing, the undercarriage leg compressed fully, the gondola came to a dead stop and the inertia of the gas bag caused it to wrap itself arond the gondola covering most of the Windows. The gas bag then rebounded until the wheel left the ground. This 'bounced landing' took several seconds from start to finish rather like today's slow motion prang.