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We hear on the news media that Russia is accused of trying to interfere with the U.S. election.  I can't speak to that and I don't know if it's state sponsored but hackers from Russia and to some extent nearby states such as Ukraine, Latvia etc - have certainly increased their attempts to hack into the server housing Cobourg Internet.

Hacking is not rare - there are about 50 attempts most days to breach security on most servers.  These have traditionally come from China and the U.S. (lots of bored teenagers? criminals?) but on October 4th, 2016, there were 15,000 attacks - all stopped.  These were mostly attempts to login to the server.  They have to guess the login name as well as the password.  If they fail a number of times, they are blocked by my firewall so they then try using another computer (IP address).  The interesting thing is that most of these came from Russia although a good quantity came from the Ukraine.

I don't have any way of knowing if these attacks were "state-sponsored" but the sudden increase is suspicious.

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There has now been a second attack - 17,000 attempts to access the server on October 9.  See the graph below showing the distribution of countries hacking over the last 30 days.

hackersOct2016

 FYI, the first 9 country codes translate as follows:

RU Russia
UA Ukraine
BY Belarus
CN China
KZ Kazakhstan
MD Moldova
US United States
AM Armenia
GE Georgia