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Title: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: YaBB Master (Colin) on December 05, 2018, 03:23:48 PM
Today we have reached a milestone, with over 1000 Russian IP blocks in the ban list. If anybody doesn't believe that Russia is the Wild West of the Internet, then if they are trying that hard to get into TAW what else are they up to?

Each block is at least 256 IP addresses (some much bigger) and it blocks attempts to register on TAW.

Even after being blocked they often keep trying, sometimes many hundreds of times.


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Amethyst (Jenny) on December 05, 2018, 03:32:05 PM
Blimey!!

Is it the Leningrad Cowboys?


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: David W on December 05, 2018, 03:45:52 PM
There has been no collusion, call Dredd off the case - THIS IS THE WORST WITCH HUNT EVER!!!!


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: John From Austin on December 05, 2018, 04:30:28 PM
They just want to suggest Emin Agalarov as the Thursday night headliner.


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Jim on December 06, 2018, 04:44:47 PM
Oh, those Russians!


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on December 06, 2018, 05:29:25 PM
Serious question - what do they hope to achieve by this?


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: YaBB Master (Colin) on December 06, 2018, 05:45:15 PM

Serious question - what do they hope to achieve by this?

I have not the remotest idea.


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: mikec on December 07, 2018, 10:37:06 AM


Serious question - what do they hope to achieve by this?

I have not the remotest idea.


Re-election of President Trump obviously  ;D ;D


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Will S on December 07, 2018, 10:46:31 AM



Serious question - what do they hope to achieve by this?

I have not the remotest idea.


Re-election of President Trump obviously  ;D ;D


Putin for Cropredy!


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: davidmjs on December 07, 2018, 02:39:59 PM
This probably isn't appropriate for here (?) but why does Talkawhile show on my browser (Chrome) as 'NOT SECURE!'?


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: mightyglydd on December 07, 2018, 04:42:04 PM
Because the site's http, not https..


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: YaBB Master (Colin) on March 05, 2019, 09:09:06 AM
Good start to the day, a Russian tried to register from an IP in a Class B allocation.
So that's 65,000 IP addresses blocked.


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Ancient Muse (Andy) on March 07, 2019, 03:10:51 AM
I think we should all be grateful that you know what to do in order to keep them out!


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 07, 2019, 09:12:14 AM
I've just completed a course on InfoSec and Hacking! It's amazing the tools that are just out there (and yes, I can hack into things now, but no, I'm not going to!)  :D


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on March 07, 2019, 06:23:50 PM

I've just completed a course on InfoSec and Hacking! It's amazing the tools that are just out there (and yes, I can hack into things now, but no, I'm not going to!)  :D


Give you my last few fruit pastilles from my pocket fluff if you tell me how!

Actually, I had wondered why it said this website was described as ‘not secure’ after aimhad done a cookie clear-out as well. I do not understand http and https.


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Bob Barrows on March 07, 2019, 08:28:31 PM


I've just completed a course on InfoSec and Hacking! It's amazing the tools that are just out there (and yes, I can hack into things now, but no, I'm not going to!)  :D


Give you my last few fruit pastilles from my pocket fluff if you tell me how!

Actually, I had wondered why it said this website was described as ‘not secure’ after aimhad done a cookie clear-out as well. I do not understand http and https.
Any site that uses http will be flagged as insecure, because communication between it and your browser is  plain text that makes it easy for hackers to read. When a site uses https, that means all communication between it and your browser is encrypted, making it practically impossible for hackers to read it.


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: davidmjs on March 07, 2019, 09:08:44 PM



I've just completed a course on InfoSec and Hacking! It's amazing the tools that are just out there (and yes, I can hack into things now, but no, I'm not going to!)  :D


Give you my last few fruit pastilles from my pocket fluff if you tell me how!

Actually, I had wondered why it said this website was described as ‘not secure’ after aimhad done a cookie clear-out as well. I do not understand http and https.
Any site that uses http will be flagged as insecure, because communication between it and your browser is  plain text that makes it easy for hackers to read. When a site uses https, that means all communication between it and your browser is encrypted, making it practically impossible for hackers to read it.


So why would you use http when https is "better"?  Is it 'just' an issue of cost?  Most things are...


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Paul on March 07, 2019, 10:19:40 PM




I've just completed a course on InfoSec and Hacking! It's amazing the tools that are just out there (and yes, I can hack into things now, but no, I'm not going to!)  :D


Give you my last few fruit pastilles from my pocket fluff if you tell me how!

Actually, I had wondered why it said this website was described as ‘not secure’ after aimhad done a cookie clear-out as well. I do not understand http and https.
Any site that uses http will be flagged as insecure, because communication between it and your browser is  plain text that makes it easy for hackers to read. When a site uses https, that means all communication between it and your browser is encrypted, making it practically impossible for hackers to read it.


So why would you use http when https is "better"?  Is it 'just' an issue of cost?  Most things are...


Yes, my host keeps telling me that I ought to go https, but there is a charge associated with it.

Paul


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: YaBB Master (Colin) on March 08, 2019, 08:47:50 PM
One issue is that I've seen several 'phishing' exploits where somebody has rented secure web space to run a scam from. They don't last long, but for a time they can put up a copy of a legitimate page (bank, Amazon, etc.) that your browser will say is secure.

On the other hand there is no reason why TAW should be secure. If you are really afraid that people might know you are using a folk music site I would suggest using a VPN  ;D  


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Bob Barrows on March 08, 2019, 11:24:51 PM
On the other hand there is no reason why TAW should be secure. If you are really afraid that people might know you are using a folk music site I would suggest using a VPN  ;D  
My thought exactly. Unfortunately there are some signs that the major browsers will start doing more than display warnings on insecure sites. Nothing official as yet but the day could come.


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: blagden on April 01, 2019, 10:53:32 PM
Most Online Ever: 508 (Yesterday at 11:50:48 PM) ... what happened  :o


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: Fegg on April 17, 2019, 01:21:03 PM
A quick question based on an observation, with no ulterior motive.
I just casually noted the front page stat that there are 106 guests and 6 members/users logged in at the moment (lunchtime Wednesday, with no great or relevant news stories). Is that usual or typical?
I wondered if any of the guests may be bots or others who may be testing the system, as opposed to (I hope) genuinely interested individuals.

Thanks


Title: Re: 1002 blocked Russian IP ranges
Post by: YaBB Master (Colin) on April 17, 2019, 04:47:39 PM

A quick question based on an observation, with no ulterior motive.
I just casually noted the front page stat that there are 106 guests and 6 members/users logged in at the moment (lunchtime Wednesday, with no great or relevant news stories). Is that usual or typical?
I wondered if any of the guests may be bots or others who may be testing the system, as opposed to (I hope) genuinely interested individuals.

Thanks

You can normally tell by what pages they are reading. Mostly it will be bots searching for a way in and a small number of search engines cataloging the site.

A lot of people do monitor TAW, but not log on.

Right now the are 90 guests, of which 11 seem to be simply on a standard browser.