Ever wondered what the internet is really like?

Many of us remember a time when having a blog or a computer on the internet was a cool thing and was safe-ish.  There were hackers, but you could take some simple steps (though not enough people did, even then) and largely keep the miscreants out of your stuff.

It’s a different world today.  I was looking at the logs this morning, and thought I would share ~7 days of malicious traffic – people looking for exploitable vulnerabilities, or directly trying to hack or register fake accounts for the purpose of spamming.  This list goes back only about a week, and it’s not like OVMRC is one of the big, mega-sites on the internet, but it is shared with my other small blogs as well.

It’s worth noting here that when you connect your personal computer to the internet THE SAME THINGS HAPPEN!  If you don’t have protection in the form of up-to-date software and operating system (i.e. get rid of XP and Vista, keep your patches up to date, stop using IE and move to a real browser, patch your Linux up, etc.), and a firewall and some malware protection, these kinds of people will detect your system and they will violate it.  Having your computer wrecked by some scumbag will cut into your amateur radio time, not to mention potentially cause you financial losses.

So if you ever thought that maybe some computer guy was being paranoid, or that “nobody would ever hack my computer, I’m not significant”, rest assured, you are completely wrong.  Note here, that these aren’t even the sophisticated sort of hacks/attacks… these are the ham-fisted attacks, likely run by kids with hack kits or automatically by computers belonging to random people that have been hacked.  Radio amateurs are notorious for holding on to their old equipment – including computers – and this is a good reminder why, if you do that, it’s critical that you keep up the maintenance.  It’s also pretty critical that you dump old, out-of-date software if the computer it’s on is going to touch the internet.

Legend:  BLUE = login/registration for spamming; RED = deliberately hacking or looking for vulnerabilities, YELLOW = possible false detection but malicious traffic has been seen from this address before

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Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan was blocked access via country blocking at https://www.ovmrc.on.ca/xmlrpc.php
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Pakistan Pakistan was blocked access via country blocking at https://www.ovmrc.on.ca/xmlrpc.php
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Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia was blocked access via country blocking at https://www.ovmrc.on.ca/xmlrpc.php
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Web Site Maintenance

web site maintenance

As you can see, our web site has been revised again.  We were pretty much forced to move to a new server, and with that, it was seen as an opportunity to update and change the features of the site to be more useful as a communication tool.

Gone:

  1. The OVMRC Forum is gone.  Very few people were using it, and the software was very out of date and not easily able to be updated.  Your old login will not work.  See point 4 in the New Features, below.
  2. The number of static pages has been (somewhat) trimmed down in favour of more dynamic, news-feed like content.

New Features:

There are so many new features. So, starting at the top…

  1. Check the address bar – you will see that there is a lock icon there now!  Our site is now using HTTPS to protect passwords that may be sent when you log in or send us data.
  2. The site will whinge at you if you’re using an old browser, and remind you to update it to something safer and more reasonable.  We care about the safe surfing of our members and users.  Please use an up-to-date browser when you browse the internet – it will save you grief.
  3. Blog format – news items are now posted in a blog format, with the current stuff on the front page, and older stuff moving automatically into archives.
  4. Comments enabled! – in lieu of the forum, users so inclined may now comment on posts for 90 days.  If you wish to write comments, you must register an account with our web site by clicking the register link in the left column.  Old forum accounts are gone, and the logins from the forum will not work.  OVMRC does not sell any of the information you provide.  Signing up on here DOES NOT add you to the mailing list.  If you wish to receive club newsletters by email, you will have to join the club or sign up through the newsletter subscribe link.
  5. Search – you can now search the site with the box in the upper right corner, or via the Archives, Categories, and Tags links on the left-side menu.
  6. The site has been optimized for mobile browsers as well, if you follow the site from a phone or tablet.
  7. RSS feeds – the site now provides RSS feeds for anyone who may wish to follow our posts with a reader.
  8. Behind the scenes – backups, security and protection from internet scumbaggery, data organization.

We hope everyone finds the new site a bit more informative and easy to use.  Enjoy!

[edit] Reading the web site does not require registration.  Only posting and commenting requires a login