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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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John Aero

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I spent an interesting Sunday with the Monospar ST.12 and the engineer rebuilding it at Newark. I have a few drawings including some published in L&K as well as UK ones, so I wanted to check them all out and update the best. The Czech ones were riddled with errors.

The Stieger construction certainly is some thing very different and a real challenge. An interesting aside is that the extruded metal parts are the same as used on the Gladiator.

John

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Be interested to hear your findings I have your vac kit in the stash (as well as the Azur kit) - still trying to find a pic of an impressed one!

Dave

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... An interesting aside is that the extruded metal parts are the same as used on the Gladiator.

It was good to have brief chat yesterday John and I hope the tea was OK (when you finally got it). There may be an interesting reason why the 'top hat' sections resemble Gladiator, which is likely to be down to the tooling used to form the new sections; a bit too complicated to explain on the board.

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In our conversation Mike and I talked about the fact that Glosters first built the Gloster Monospar SS.1 and the experimental Fokker FVIIb3m wing.

One member of the public to whom I explained the development of the Tiger Moth to, left saying, "thank you that's made my day".

Newark Air museum-can't beat it.

Yes I got my tea, eventually.

Cheers

John

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Be interested to hear your findings I have your vac kit in the stash (as well as the Azur kit) - still trying to find a pic of an impressed one!

Dave

The ST.12 at Newark was impressed in Australia but I don't know of a photo.

John

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I have been NAM’s point of contact for several sets of photographs that have come over from Australia, but amongst those there have not been any photographs taken during impressed service.

The ‘top hat’ sections were purchased in 2008 from a Nottinghamshire company that had been doing some production work for a UK based Gladiator project, which as mentioned earlier may explain the immediate similarity.

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