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      DDoS and Brute Force Attacks   09/18/2016

      From the day following upgrade to the new forum software, 15th Sept until the 19th, we were 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.  This was followed up a couple of days later with a further attack that left more data to sift through, which we have passed on to our IT forensics people.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.    We don't believe that this is a random attack on balance, but for 5 days and a further evening 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.
dave41184

Airfix spare parts service

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Not sure this is the right place for this topic but here goes: Just wondered if anyone had used the Airfix spare parts service via their website? If so is it any good? how long roughly do they take to send them out etc? Any responses will be great

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Hi Dave,

The website can be a bit slow in generating a substantive response: I've had o wait for a few weeks for parts ordered that way, but a phone call to Margate has produced parts within 42 hours (Thursday afternoon after 4.00 pm produced bits just after 9.00 a.m. on the Saturday).

HTH,

Steve

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Think speed of response can be greatly affected by whether the kit is currently in production. I needed a replacement transfer sheet for a Do.17: I had to wait about 3 months but it did eventually come. (It was another Indian production one on brown paper and not mch of an improvement but that's a separate issue.)

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you are definalty better phoning them, i got bits in under a week by phone

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Begs the question why have an online form at all if they take forever to respond to it - if it doesnt arrive in the 28 days they quote I'll be on the blower to them!

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Does the service also work if I'm outside the UK ?

It works in the USA. I ordered a missing Saturn V part a couple of months ago. It took about 6 weeks to arrive.

Peter

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I can't respond for the website but a phone call is well worth it. Airfix are top notch. I chanced it when I phoned about a 1/24 Subaru rally car kit I got from a private auctiion on eBay. The Seller said new, yeah right. there was glue all over the clear parts. Phoned Airfix, explained it was from a private sale, got a whole new clear fret in a week. I asked if they needed my Airfix Club number or credit card details and they said they didn't.

Great service, Airfix.

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I'm in New Zealand, and twice have had to make use of the parts service. Both times they were really slow to respond, but both times the parts turned up eventually.

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i was after a canopy set for a 1/48 tsr 2 i sent them an email had no reply 2 weeks later the parts just appeared foc! result i was expecting to pay for em :)

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I asked for a replacement canopy for the Pucara it took a while but it did come, people should not moan about this service, as you are not paying for anything.

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Well, if the service workedin the US and in New Zealand, should work in continental europe then. That's good news as I've had a couple of parts that could do with replacing !

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