Hackers Destroy Popular Flight Sim Site

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Hackers Destroy Popular Flight Sim Site

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Avsim, a flight sim resource and support site that's been in operation for more than a decade, was recently "destroyed" when hackers attacked the site's two servers.

Founded in 1996, Avsim grew to become one of the largest flight simulator support communities on the internet. The site focused heavily on free downloadable content for Microsoft Flight Simulator but catered to flight simulator fans and the aviation community in general; PC Pilot Editor Derek Davis described Avsim as "an important site, because it services the whole community as a source of community-developed terrains, skins and mods - its contribution has been immeasurable."

But that contribution may now be lost. Hackers attacked the site's two servers last week and unfortunately, Avsim did not maintain an external backup of its data. Instead, over the years it had merely performed backups between the two servers. "The method of the hack makes recovery difficult, if not impossible, to recover from," Avsim founder Tom Allensworth said in a statement following the attack. "Avsim is totally offline at this time and we expect to be so for some time to come. We are not able to predict when we will be back online, if we can come back at all. "

"Some have asked whether or not we had back-ups. Yes, we dutifully backed up our servers every day. Unfortunately, we backed up the servers between our two servers," he added. "The hacker took out both servers, destroying our ability to use one or the other back-up to remedy the situation."

Allensworth has put a temporary forum online to help maintain the community and keep its users informed about the recovery process. In a message posted this morning, he said one of the site's two servers was "hacked into oblivion" while the other suffered the same attack but somewhat ironically was saved by a bad sector, which prevented the hacker from doing a complete wipe of the disk. Data recovery efforts are underway and both disks are being analyzed for traces of the attacker.

"It means we are not dead in the water. At least not yet," Allensworth wrote. "We were definitely sabotaged and we are looking to recover footprints on all of the servers and disks that we have at our disposal to provide the facts to substantiate legal actions being taken against the perpetrator(s)." He added that he is "pretty confident" that the Avsim library can be retrieved and rebuilt.

With any luck, Avsim will be able to recover much of its data and bounce back from this attack better, and more secure, than ever. A successful prosecution of the hackers who destroyed the site would be a great bonus, too. In the meantime, let's all learn something from this: Take your backup strategy seriously and don't assume people aren't destructive jerks.

Source: BBC, via Ars Technica

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Crackers, not hackers! Terminology, people!

Why would someone hack this kind of webiste? Grudge against planes?

I blame rap! And by proxy rappers!

Yah know I hate people like that, that destroy and ruin something for no other reason except to ruin something for someone else.

Ah this is rather sad. A library of stuff smashed by probably a basement dwelling low-life for most like no reason other than to boost his e-ego. Total shame.

Why would anyone do that to a flight simulator fansite?

Kukul:
Why would someone hack this kind of webiste? Grudge against planes?

Flying anxiety, which degenerated into bitterness towards those who enjoy flying.

maybe a competitor? it doesn't really make any sense for a "free" site to have a competition (although someone who is selling flight sims for money, probably wouldn't want a free, similar version of what they're offering around...)

RAKtheUndead:
Crackers, not hackers! Terminology, people!

Indeed, hackers would have broken in to see if they could. This was done to cause malicious damage, so they're crackers.

wordsmith:

RAKtheUndead:
Crackers, not hackers! Terminology, people!

Indeed, hackers would have broken in to see if they could. This was done to cause malicious damage, so they're crackers.

-cough- Actually you're both wrong. It was probably just a script kitty who found a really neat utility. Cracking isn't technically evil either, but what do we expect when popular culture has labeled the average hacker as a deviant that is trying to destroy the world.

Hacker, cracker, flying trombone, whatever you call this, the guy(s) who did this was an ass.

It's been around since 96? Jesus, it must have a massive presence.

So yeah, this probably was done by a competitor.

Someone really hate planes :P

I vote for disgruntled Microsoft Flight Simulator people who failed to get certified.

Either way thats just mean, its like wanting to bomb canada. What did they ever do? Seriously.

This seems like the most unassuming and pointless target ever yeah... Just some dong.

It was Microsoft "defending their intellectual property rights."

That's a real shame, although I bet they'll be getting some external drives when they get back up and running.

Kukul:
Why would someone hack this kind of webiste? Grudge against planes?

Why would anyone hack any site that has no political or financial relevance, because they're twats!

This...is by far the dumbest thing I've seen (well...in recent memory, anyway). Why...attack a flight sim site? What did they do to you? Moreover, how could you possibly stand to gain from this?

Simply...wow.

Partly the sites own fault for not backing their stuff up off of the servers somewhere they couldn't be accessed by outsiders.

Backing up on the servers themselves was a silly and avoidable risk. It's a big shame they were hit, but you can't deny they badly hurt themselves by not backing their stuff up to an external area.

Kukul:
Why would someone hack this kind of webiste? Grudge against planes?

Possible, or destroy the opposition....

._.
I couldn't care less...
Who plays flight sims?

Why would they do that in the first place? What do they have to gain?

Probably someone here did it, so we could talk about it :P

Seriously? Attacking a Flight Sim site? What kind of low-life does this? Hopefully they can recover the site.

neuromasser:
Probably someone here did it, so we could talk about it :P

>_> I knew it was you all along!
D: Why would someone do such a thing?
D:< I'm going to take your cookies away!

elitepie931:

neuromasser:
Probably someone here did it, so we could talk about it :P

>_> I knew it was you all along!
D: Why would someone do such a thing?
D:< I'm going to take your cookies away!

asinann:
It was Microsoft "defending their intellectual property rights."

Maybe Bill Gates wanted to impress 50 cent and rappers in general. This is after all the nerd equivalent of burning someones house to the ground for messing with his bitc- i mean wife.

TERORISTSSS!!!!!1

You just made my day.

Well this is all very silly.

Firstly, there's people out there who enjoy flight simulators? The very thought of it makes my brain numb. Secondly, there's people out there who would destroy the foremost library of add-ons, trinkets, and shiny things used by said... people?

I'm not sure which horrifies me more.

I'm sorry I have no affiliation with the site, nor do I wish attacks on any website, but I was slightly entertained by this.

Think about it, it must have been a lot of work, there had to have been a reason for doing this.

Probably some personal issue with the site's admin. This looks like well executed revenge to me.

Way to be a jerk, Mr.Hacker, you've proven you can take down A FREE WEBSITE.

pffh:
Yah know I hate people like that, that destroy and ruin something for no other reason except to ruin something for someone else.

seconded

I laughed.

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