Apparently there are a number of brute force attacks going on for WordPress and Joomla websites. A friend’s site had an error.php file containing 62000 lines of invalid login attempts. The 2 WordPress sites I host (this one and Friends of Baildon Moor) were hacked. I posted before about belatedly “upgrading” the passwords used on the sites.
I have now installed a plugin that adds a delay to the login form if there are several invalid login attempts. I must admit I am taking their word for it that it is going to affect bot generated login attempts. I don’t know how it can introduce a delay to an http request that is simply saying login please with this username and this password. What does it matter that the site only responds after 30 seconds. How is it then going to say “Ok. I am not listening to your next request for x seconds.” Surely this only affects actual users with a web browser?
I have now found out what the Octopus and the Dog in a Dinghy are doing there. It is the Aire Sculpture Trail. Wycliffe School and Mick Kirkby-Geddes have created a set of 15 sculptures (+ 1 other little one?) that are to form the trail that will be officially unveiled at the end of Victoria Road at 1pm Saturday 25 May 2013.
To find out I went to the Information centre in Salt’s Mill. At first they thought I was crazy – asking if they knew what the Green Octopus was all about. Is the Dog in the Dinghy part of the same thing? After I pointed them to my website they went off to make a phone call and came back with a leaflet about the trail.
I don’t think I am spoiling things by posting photos here. Hopefully it might even get people more interested. There are still a couple to be installed and several still need painting but it looks great.
Salt Pot Slug
Fish and Drawers
Frog on a Leaf
Frog on a Leaf
An extra one
Having posted photos of the Octopus a couple of times I have now been past the thing on Baildon Bridge and it turns out to be a Dog in a Dinghy.
You might have already seen my posting about the Octopus at Saltaire here. It is strange enough to see a green octopus on the bridge but why would a steam iron turn up?
Today I joined 5 other people up on Baildon Moor to look for the Green Hair Streak butterfly. The search was organised by Bradford Urban Wildlife group in conjunction with Friends of Baildon Moor as part of the Save Our Butterflies Week. It was conducted by Susan Stead.
It was quite cold and wet after heavy rain earlier in the day so we didn’t really expect to see any. One reason for going was to see where I could expect to find them when the conditions were better. However we had not been looking for long when we found one.
According to Susan they can be found sheltering in the extraction pits on the Moor near Bilberry. And she was right. Even though the Bilberry is not as “far on” as you would expect for this time of year.
Peter Hughes found the next one in amongst the grass in the shelter of another extraction pit.