Category Archives: Computing

Posts about computing and computing related matters

Bot Net slowing down

As a follow on to my post about the slow cycle bot netĀ  it now looks like its slowing down (i.e. Fail2ban has blocked most of the compromised machines).

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A very large but sneakily slow bot-net?

Anyone who runs a server is used to it to being attacked by compromised machines which target their SSH services, their web services and their email services. The attack on the email services takes two forms : either trying to … Continue reading

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Fail2Ban working hard

Graph courtesy of Monitorix:

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Bad IPs

Its the list of usual suspects – China featuring high in the list of machines trying to break into servers (no surprises there) and OVH : 89.248.174.27 60.173.16.74 161.0.153.110 123.214.172.84 218.27.147.130 120.203.25.58 41.110.189.60 62.99.78.120 155.4.33.255 223.241.247.6 218.5.3.45 46.181.62.158 221.3.236.94 114.251.196.28 … Continue reading

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More shit from the internet

I tightened up the fail2ban rules after looking at my mail logs. The result is impressive but at the same time depressing … so many machines trying to break into my server. Several from GoDaddy…. I guess they’re starting to … Continue reading

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Moving to HTTPS

Well I’ve moved the blogs over to https… it was a bit of a pain and I was really starting to bash my head against the wall with Lets Encrypt’s utilities. But then I stopped trying to be clever and … Continue reading

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Another stupid set of spam emails

Yet more stupid spam arrived in my inbox today. Lets just take two examples from the small tsunami that arrived. What spammers forget is that sending TWO emails from different people to the SAME address with similar messages in it … Continue reading

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Post Exporting and Importing

I’m planning on being on holiday later in the year (seeĀ  Liverpool in the Autumn for more details ) and I’m planning on doing some blogging whilst we’re underway. So I want to be able to write my posts on … Continue reading

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Stupid pages that have paid Facebook to be forced into my Page feed

The mobile browser news feed for Facebook includes a section featuring “sponsored” pages which they think you might want to like. You can’t hide this section but their selection criteria is totally crap..   So lets start with this – … Continue reading

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Toshiba Dual Boot recovery

A few notes on how to restore dual boot after a Toshiba BIOS update. Continue reading

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