Auction Night, April 27, 2016

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Auction Night, April 27, 2016

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Russian Interest in Sherwood Park Gyro Club

Have you ever watched one of the cyber crime tv shows such as CSI:Cyber or Scorpion and wondered how much of it is fact and how much is fiction?

Since Monday January 11, 2016 our Sherwood Park Gyro Club website — — has been under what is termed a “Password Guessing Brute Force Attack”. There have been 43 unsuccessful attempts to guess the password and logon to our website. Thanks to the information provided by Sucuri Alert, the security firm that the Club hired to monitor our website after being hacked back in October of 2015, we know the IP address used in each attempt. (An IP address is the internet world’s equivalent of a telephone number.) And, we know the userid that they attempted to logon to.

Using tools freely available on the internet, I have been able to determine that all but 1 of the 43 attempts originated in Russia. The one that didn’t was from Indonesia. In fact, we can trace the exact location of each attempt, eg.

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was the location of one such attempt which took place at 11:12 PM on January 13, 2016.

When I was in high school we were taught the 5 W’s of good journalism — Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. We now know what (unsuccessful logon attempts), where the attempts are originating from (locations in Russia centring around Moscow) and when (starting January 11 @ 11:49 PM) the attempts were made. What we don’t know is who or why.

Was it the KBG wanting to spy on the Sherwood Park Gyro Club? Not likely, I think they have more important things to do. Was it some lonely Russian teenage nerd camped in his bedroom looking for attention. Based on the number of different locations where the attempts originated from, not likely. Some of the attempts have originated from what we would consider the equivalent of our internet cafes or McDonald’s free wifi hotspots.

My guess, again; based on the locations where the attempts have originated from, is that it is a group of young Russian university students either working on a computer security class assignment (highly unlikely) or much more likely that same group of likely male students have a bet on as to who can “hack” in to the largest number of websites in a given period of time.

Why is all of this of concern to the Sherwood Park Gyro Club? The last time the Club website was hacked back in October of 2015, there was an attempt to install a “redirect” on the website.A redirect is used to redirect someone to a location other than that which is shown usually for nefarious reasons such as phishing (phishing is form of fraud where a user is “redirected” to a website where the user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which can then be used for illegitimate purposes.) To prevent this from happening again, the Club hired Sucuri Alert to monitor our website 24/7/365.

What is our next step in this cyber chess game? Sucuri Alert is in the process of installing a “cloud firewall” on the site which will block all access attempts from Russia. Hopefully this will result in “checkmate” and I will be able to get some sleep.

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President’s Christmas Party

Thanks President Bill, you and Norma did an excellent job of the evening, the poinsettias were a nice touch and a welcomed gift for those that were able to take the one home from their table. It was good to see so many Gyro’s and their spouses out for the evening. Congadulation’s to Earl Korber for winning the tax receipt for the Christmas Bureau donations. Thanks to Al Bleiken for his diligent work to get the contributions up to $700.

Cheers Ray

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Note From the Sheriff

Fellow Gyros and Gyrettes

They say it is the season to be jolly, and your generous and kind contributions to the Christmas Bureau, will help make a lot of families in Strathcona a little happier this Christmas. When rounded out by yours truly, the total contribution to the Christmas Bureau is $700.00 from our club. I think we can enjoy our Christmases just a little more, by knowing we have helped those less fortunate than ourselves, to enjoy their Christmases a little more as well. I promise to be less rigorous as the Sergeant at Arms and will limit my fines to a maximum of $2.00 next year. My apologies for being a little ruthless at the end of this year. Please accept my thanks, and may you all have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year.

Sheriff Allan


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Christmas Bureau

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Curl-a-Rama, 2015

Congratulations to Bill Austin & team for finishing second in the “A” Event at Gyro District VIII Curl-a-rama this past weekend. For a list of all the event winners check the Gyro District VIII website.

Note from Lloyd

Since there were only a few of us there it fell on Bill, Art and myself to win something in the Texas hold-em. Unfortunately for Bill he got 3 rd in the A side while I won the B ( 80 bucks ) and Art came second. Our Sh. Pk. team skipped by Bill (Lloyd, Jim, and Terry) came second in the A draw and so we won prizes. Since there where 5 curlers from our club Art played for Edmonton Club and they also got prizes. Turned out to be a fun event and most importantly the roads were good. Just as a footnote had our skip made one very important take out ( missed counting 4 ) we probably would have won however as you can see it doesn’t bother me — much !!!


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Founders Night & 40 Year

I quite enjoyed listening to the founding members of our club sharing some of their thoughts on how it came about 40 years ago. Thanks Augie, Terry, John and Barry, you guys are the backbone of our organization and we are better for it. Thanks


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Passing of Vic Syvenky’s stepfather

Today I was informed that Vic Syvenky’s stepfather, Mr. John Lichak had passed away at the Two Hills Health Centre on Friday, October 30th.

A public viewing to be held at Lakeland Funeral Home, 4824 – 51st Avenue, Vermilion. A service will be held at the Myrnam Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish on Friday, Nov. 6th at 10:30 AM. Memorial donations may be made to Myrnam Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. Condolences may be emailed to

Please join with me in sending our sincerest condolences to Vic, Lauraine and family.

Al Gordon

Vic so sorry to hear of your step fathers passing, we had just chatted about him at our recent Gyro meeting. While it may be a blessing, I know you will have good memories of him. Will be thinking of you on the day of the funeral.


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Founder’s Night

Considering how late in October Founder’s Night was scheduled, we had a very good turnout on the evening ofWednesday October 28; 17 from Edmonton Club, 2 from Edmonton Crossroads and 27 from Sherwood Park. Members from the Edmonton Club remarked that the total attendance was more this year than they had last year when it included their spouses. The German Club served up a great meal of your choice of steak & prawns or salmon with all the trimmings.

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