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      Ongoing DDoS Attack causing Forum Slowness   26/04/17

      In case you have missed the announcement, the reason that the forum has been slow at times since the minor version update the other day is due to a Denial of Service attack, brute force attack on our email, and judging by the lag with our FTP response, that too.  If you're feeling like you're experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, you're not wrong.  This is the same MO as the attack in September 2016 that occurred when we transitioned to the new version 4 of the software.  We're currently working with US and UK cyber-crime departments, who specialise in this sort of thing, and we're hopeful that we'll be able to track them down this time by using the accumulated evidence already held.    We are pretty certain that it's a continuation of the same attack last year, only at a reduced intensity to deter people from using the site "because it's terribly slow", rather than taking it down completely, and we're also sure of the motivations of those responsible.  Spite.   Please bear with us in the interim, and wish us luck in dealing with these.... "people".
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GordonD

MS-04 is up

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Soyuz MS-04 was launched towards the ISS at 0713 UTC (8:13 BST) this morning, with a crew of two. Fyodor Yurchikhin (on his fifth flight) and Jack Fischer (first flight) will complete the Expedition 51 crew. They're due to remain in orbit until September and when they return the third seat will be occupied by Peggy Whitson, currently in command of the station. The other crewmen, Oleg Novitsky and Thomas Pesquet from France, are due to return to Earth at the beginning of June.

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Watched the docking live yesterday.

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I think this is the first time with this new Soyuz variant that they've done the fast rendezvous. With the previous three missions they've followed the slower approach, taking two days or so to get there. Tomorrow the Cygnus CRS OA-7 cargo freighter is due to arrive - it was launched on Tuesday but obviously the manned craft got priority so docked first. This one is named for John Glenn.

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