Hackers

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  1. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

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    I have noticed a very disturbing trend that is going. A handful of my favorite sites have been hacked to death.

    The most recent site was backed up every day, yet they are saying that it may be forever DOA.

    I hope that will never happen to this site. This place is WAY MORE of a target than a flight sim site if you know what I mean.
     
  2. glocknut

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    That tends to happen to adult websites.... Sorry for your loss Marlin T :eek::D:D;)

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  3. pinecone70

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    One of my local news sites was hacked recently. Jeez, I hope that doesn't happen to TFF.
     
  4. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

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    LOL @ Mike

    Dang the bad luck :)
     
  5. Tony22-250

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    ROFL. and it happens to gaming websites i know people that do it just for fun...
     
  6. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

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    The more I think about this the sicker I get.
    MILLIONS of files and the countless billions of hours to produce them. This doesn’t even count the base of knowledge that was stored there. Everything for how to make a plane, to why is the sky blue.

    Like I said before, I would hate to see this happen to this site as this is my home away from home.

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    Hackers destroy Flight Sim Site

    By Daniel Emery
    Technology reporter, BBC News website

    Flight simulator site Avsim has been "destroyed" by malicious hackers.

    The site, which launched in 1996, covered all aspects of flight simulation, although its main focus was on Microsoft's Flight Simulator.

    The attack took down the site's two servers and the owners had not established an external backup system.

    The site's founder, Tom Allensworth, said that the site would be down for the foreseeable future and was unsure if would ever go back up.

    "The method of the hack makes recovery difficult, if not impossible, to recover from," Mr Allensworth said in a statement.

    "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. "

    Backlash

    The attack has shocked the flight sim community, with hundreds of blogs, posts and tweets. One user on the simflight.com website said that "there's a special place in hell for hackers who pull stunts like this".

    Speaking to the BBC, Derek Davis, editor of PC Pilot magazine, said: "It looks like 13 years of hard work on Toms part could have been wiped out.

    "Avsim is an important site, because it services the whole community as a source of community developed terrains, skins, and mods - its contribution has been immeasurable," he said.

    Mr Allensworth has set up a temporary forum for Avsim users while the future of the site is decided.

    On it, he explained the site's backing up process, although he did not explain why the firm had no external media storage.

    "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.

    "The hacker took out both servers, destroying our ability to use one or the other back up to remedy the situation."

    Mr Davis said he thought the site still had a future:

    "I'm sure Avsim will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and will be bigger and better then before."
     
  7. graehaven

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    Do these guys NOT have a firewall?
     
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