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      DDoS and Brute Force Attacks   09/18/2016

      Since the 15th Sept until until yesterday afternoon (19th), we have been 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.   We fought this with the tools available to us, and have gathering a substantial amount of evidence against the attackers, who persisted with their attack for almost 5 days regardless of the consequences to themselves.  This was a terrible mistake on their part.  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.  Hackers are seldom able to completely mask their real identity and location, and we have some very competent people working on it on our behalf, which is already reaping the rewards.   We don't believe that this is a random attack on balance, but for 5 days 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. Yep, have all them in stock, and had a delivery from AMMO last week, so have their new products as well. Paul
  2. Just had some of this delivered this morning. Same price as the super thin (£3.50), but comes in boex of 6, rather than 12 and has a lighter green bottle top. Will have it at the Farnborough and Brampton shows this weekend. Ta, Paul
  3. All packed up for the show, hope to see some of you tomorrow. Paul
  4. We sell the 2.5litre tank version of the sparmax compressors. They are not whisper quiet, but not intrusive either. Tank pressures up to 60psi, motor cuts in when it drops below 40psi. Takes about 10 seconds at rest to top up. Also, has a 2 year warranty. http://www.modellingtools.co.uk/little-tank-compressor-3442-p.asp Paul
  5. Hi, This model of the chinese compressor are known for getting hot, which is strange since the motor isn't on all the time. The instructions or your supplier should have details of the the duty cycle of the device. As they get hot they will get 'clunky'. If it were me, I would plan to paint for 20 minutes, then give it 10-20 minutes to cool down, before using again. Paul
  6. Hamex Saturday 3rd December. Now taking bookings.... Will start a post for this show in a couple of weeks. Paul
  7. Modellingtools.co.uk will be there as normal, hopefully in our normal position by the windows to the right of the stage. Ta Paul
  8. Show Update....... Just realised that Scale Modelling Now has one of their training days about 15 minutes from the venue on the day. So we are going to be opening early on Sunday. The event will open at 08:00...maybe earlier and I expect we will be open later than normal in the afternoon as well...unless everything has been sold. I've been trying to get Mat to photograph the kits, so people know what is available. Unfortunately he is off abroad in a coupe of days, but has taken a photo of the stash he is selling. If anyone wants any more info on the show please get in touch.
  9. Have you been cleaning the needle after using the airbrush ?
  10. Just to let people know that we are getting to the end of a number of lines that we import from the US. The prices of these items will be approximately 10% higher when we re-stock due to the drop in the exchange rate with the US Dollar. Hold & Fold tools and Ezline will be the first two lines affected & prices will be changed as we run out as the new stocks are added to the web site. First item to be changed is the 5.5" Hold & fold which goes from £55 to £60. Thanks, Paul
  11. At the moment the two of us are going to fill the main hall...this is a one off sale and there are a lot of kits to be sold ! We are thinking of asking some of the local clubs would like to display, or put on any demonstrations in the back hall. This is a one off event, I'm hoping Mat will take photos of the kit boxes, so people cn get an idea of what is for sale. Hamex will be on as normal later in the year Saturday 3rd November (the day before the Coventry & London Shows) Kit swap tables available £5 each....... Paul
  12. This is sort of a 5th Hamex event that has been agreed on. Mat Irvine has decided to clear his model stash that fills the flat above his workshops so the space can be used for other things So he has decided to have a one day kit clearance. This will be at the venue we use for our other shows, smallspace, hamex, model market and automodellismo. Hanslope Villiage Hall, MK19 7NZ just north of Milton Keynes. A few minutes from M1 J14 or 15. Open house, free parking and we are looking to put teas, coffee and possibly bacon butties on. There are to many kits to document individually. We are hoping to have photos of some of the cartons showing some of the kits, so people can get an idea of what is available. Will post when these are on the hamex.co.uk website and I have more details. Modellingtools.co.uk will also be there if anyone that want tools and supplies. And I'll also have a load of items to clear.. Thanks, Paul
  13. Smaller is not that much of a problem with this show, some of the gangways do get clogged. It's the restrictions put on traders and yet another hike in table prices that are the real problem .... There have been a couple of change of organiser in recent years. When they had their own people on site things were great. Then they re-organised and the organisers were made redundant and a new one was based off site. I know she had been ill recently and I can assume this is the reason for the change in organiser over the summer. Hopefully October will be under subscribed and they will have a re-think before the next show. Paul
  14. Good to know in case of an emergency ! Unfortunately I'm under Milton Keynes Hospital..... Paul
  15. Modellingtools.co.uk will NOT be going to the Autumn Show this year ( and I believe the trader that is normally next to us is giving it a miss as well). The restrictions announced and another hike in charges to traders has put a number of traders off as well as some of the clubs. I think we are hoping that they will see sense and withdraw some of the changes. They also announced that they have been careful not to clash with any other events. So Modellingtools will be at the Glasgow show, which is on the same day! Ta, Paul