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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.

Andy Mullen

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  1. Found this recently for US ACU, but may be of help >> Representing ACU in 1/35 <<
  2. According to >> 72 Scale . com <<, the only aftermarket decals released to date in 1/72, have been from Check Six #7202 and Modeldecal #116. Unsure about 1/48. HTH
  3. Great finish Andy, glad to see you finished it
  4. Cracking builds, and love the bases
  5. Cracking job there Will, may be tempted to dig out my stalled one from the stash and borrow some of your ideas
  6. Marek, I love what you have accomplished so far, and will be following along with interest
  7. Will, yes, the tranparencies for the control room were supplied. The control room backgrounds are actually stickers not decals. Heres a link to the instructions in PDF >> Aoshima #33135 << [1.3Mb] and Photobucket links
  8. Thanks guys, didn't realise there were prizes. I'll go for the decals - you can never have too many decals . Can I just say what a fantastic set of builds everyone produced, and thanks to the Dynamic Duo for the running of the GB. Andy
  9. Due to licensing issues, unless you can find the old Airfix 1/72 boxing, the only source I have found to date is this excellent attempt by >> Jared Bishop<< Corresponding post over on >> ARC <<
  10. Tony, Thunderbird 2, the three pods, 2 vehicles and the Docks two walls and floor were all provided in the kit I bought years ago. My kit number was #33135 which is different to the kit number shown as #00354. The Aoshima web site shows it with 13 vehicles so they may have added to it. Andy
  11. Not sure of the Thunderbirds base, but the others are half decent kits. Here is the only I have built so far - Thunderbird 2 and Container Dock
  12. 211 in this gif covering the most of the major variations I have in the decals stash or completed to date no it doesn't, because it is achieveable - my first goal, one at least of each squadron, done in 2006
  13. Cracking build Brian
  14. Great build of a cracking scheme Danny