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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. Interesting combination of stores - could anyone suggest what target(s) it would be used against?
  2. Can't help you with a source for the pylons I'm afraid but you should be able to get the TERs and, if you need one, a Multiple Ejector Rack (MER) from Hasegawa's weapons sets 1 or 2.
  3. Actually a picture of 16 Squadron's ZA466 (FH) which crashed on landing and caught fire when it returned to Tabuk in Saudi Arabia on 18 October 1990 when the aircraft's undercarriage caught the runway barrier after it (the barrier) was raised in error.
  4. I will admit to having a soft spot of the "old Airfix kit" as it was the first model kit my father and I built together back in the day. I've got another example in the cupboard to build in the future when I'm in the mood for a trip down modelling memory lane.
  5. Did you press that large button clearly marked "Do not press this button" ?
  6. This is always the point when I'm always amazed that you start covering you hard work with "mud" - looking very good though !
  7. roden

    And its bigger brother the C-5 Galaxy - don't forget that one Hopefully the good people at Draw Decal will see the light.
  8. Hmmmm - sorry Mike I'm seeing every post being highlighted with an orange dot, even those with only one or two replies.
  9. Such an obvious piece of "wear and tear" when you think about it which helps bring the beast to life but one that I don't think I've seen depicted before. Is the finished model destined for a diorama or a simple display base?
  10. Gentlemen Good work on the forum upgrade, its already feeling quite user friendly. Just one observation though, I'm not sure whether there is any real benefit displaying the poster's interests in the panel on the left of their post: if they have a particularly wide range of interests they can increase the size of the panel unnecessarily. Is there any way this section could be removed or truncated so it only shows the first line which could be clicked to expand?
  11. Must admit I was looking forward to seeing the three colour camouflage scheme being given the "Dan treatment" but the dunkelgelb finish certainly helps emphasise the bulk and sheer presence of the beast: not something I would like to see on parked on my front lawn.
  12. Looks like you're making good progress - I've been tempted by AA's Stalwart UBRE kit in the past so you may be persuading me to part with some hard earned cash later this year.
  13. Good to see you back Dan and hope you're well on the road to recovery.
  14. A build which is several stages beyond amazing.
  15. In a past life we were setting up a new web based service and the requirements included a twenty page list of prohibited words that users could not use in their User Names or passwords