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Mike

DDoS and Brute Force Attacks on Britmodeller

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Well this has all been a bit of an eye opener. I'm far from a hardcore member, not least because I wouldn't waste bandwidth attempting to advise others or display my so- called builds. But the idea that anyone for whatever reason would be so unbalanced as to go to these lengths in such a context? I'm reminded of a half remembered episode of Red Dwark where some galactic judge or other utters something not unlike "your crime is being Arnold J Rimmer. Let that also be your punishment".

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I am at a complete loss when it comes to all this technical boffin talk about bots and things. 

I have noticed people being banned on here but it has never felt like the person being banned was all that bothered about it. I may well be wrong about that though.

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Unfortunately advances in technology have also made it easier for people to hack and cause trouble where they are not wanted. Hacking is no longer the sole property of 'computer geniuses' and, with a bit of patience and searching anyone no matter how high or low their personal intelligence quotient is can find sites where pre-written hacking software can be had for free or little money. If you type 'hacker software' into Google you can find tons of the stuff written by 'computer revolutionaries', misguided 'freedom fighters' and plain old malicious anarchy loving types which gives vindictive people the tools to cause havoc. Whoever did it and for whatever reason it is a sad fact that there are people around who get there jollies by disrupting other peoples' online lives and they would encroach on our real lives too if it was as easy and if someone had made the neccessary tools available to them. 

 

It is amazing how little can set someone who thinks themselves superior, has some sort of personality disorder or simply feels a sense of 'how dare someone do that to me' on to a path of doing things like this.

 

I once formed a band where it turned out my drummer fancied himself a 'hacker'. He decided that there was somehow 'bad blood' between my double bass player and the band he had left, although none really existed, and started asking us if we would like him to 'take down' the bands site telling us how easy it would be and what sort of damage he could do. A while later, after I decided that I wanted to quit my association with the band, largely because something about him made me uncomfortable, I discovered that he had hacked my online email account to find out if I was saying anything to the rest of the band about him. Totally nuts! and this guy was a youth worker for vulnerable teenagers in his day job.

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If you type 'Hacking Software' into Google, then download and run the .exes, you deserve everything that is coming to you!  :D

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Can't say I have tried it in many years so I have no idea what awaits the unwary these days. I do know that in the early 2000's I experimented, under the tutelage of a real computer hacker/security specialist, and it was remarkably simple to get yourself into the inner workings of some seriously 'big-name' online presences and all without spending a penny. Not being the malicious kind or interested in toying with other peoples' 'secrets' I have never followed up on any of the techniques or kept up to date with the internet world but I am guessing it is probably easier now than then to acquire the genuine tools for wreaking havoc.

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11 hours ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

Did you read John T's posting, two above yours?

 

Yeh, I did and I still don't think you're going to catch them. In any case they probably made the error of not hitting the older software, the updated one was bound to have better protection and a lot of people tend to be less careful when they know there is a total upgrade coming. Anyway that's what I'd have done. BTW, that's why I think it was random and not targeted or personal, meaning they are probably outside the UK and out of your grasp.

Edited by Brad

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Chaps

 

what SoftScience said above is very measured, appropriate and spot on.  Lets leave this and all get back to sorting out the problems on the Fairey Fruitbat Mk 62 Abyssinian export version prototype for now.  No doubt there will be developments however I anticipate that they will be kept confidential as part of any settlement reached in these matters.  

 

 

 

 

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The Abyssinian Export version is out! :analintruder:

 

Why does no one tell me this stuff!!!!

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11 minutes ago, Julien said:

The Abyssinian Export version is out! :analintruder:

 

Why does no one tell me this stuff!!!!

Because people will buy it.... LOL

 

Simon.

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It's nice to see Britmodeller reverting to normal service from the members.  It's partly why many of us are here.

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28 minutes ago, Panzer Vor!!! said:

Julien

Why,s your avatar got two fingers up ???

Hmmmmmmmm  :o 

Its just Fozzy waving to you, nothing sinister. Not sure how many fingers fozzy has, but dont you diss da bear

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2 hours ago, JohnT said:

It's nice to see Britmodeller reverting to normal service from the members.  It's partly why many of us are here.

 

I was just thinking that very same thing as I scrolled down the VNC listing a few seconds ago.  The members just getting on with the business of waffling about models ^_^

 

The Help & Support section is much quieter too, and we're slowly working through the few issues still there, with a little help from Invision :)

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Fine my end, nice and fast with some buttons I don't have a clue about but I'm happy. Used to it now.....Probably !

Good job Mike and crew.

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I can't understand spite, even though I've had enough aimed at me during my relatively long life  ;)

 

let them all go fester

 

I like Britmodeller

 

It does it for me and it feels like home

 

(Still no great fan of this iteration of Invision but I'm getting used to it. I recall being a tad conflustered with the last change too. Phew)

 

 

Carry on, and open another can  :)

 

Lager not worms

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6 hours ago, Panzer Vor!!! said:

Julien

Why,s your avatar got two fingers up ???

Hmmmmmmmm  :o 

 

Because any more than that exceeds his mathematical capability.

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On 22/09/2016 at 10:26 AM, JohnT said:

Chaps

 

 Lets all get back to sorting out the problems on the Fairey Fruitbat Mk 62 Abyssinian export version prototype for now. 

 

 

 

It's unbuildable, fatally flawed...and the wrong scale. I know they had all the information for the Tibetan version but blew it. Much greater scope as Tibet used three schemes on their example. Abyssinia may have had two schemes but, like many, I doubt the orange and pink scheme. :P   

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14 hours ago, Greg B said:

 

Because any more than that exceeds his mathematical capability.

I m sure he can go to three not four though that would be asking a lot!!!!

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Y'all did get things up and running pretty rapidly. Seems ARC's attempt at forum software upgrades are not going nearly as well. They've been down for nearly two weeks now. :(

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