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Hackers 'destroy' flight sim site

Avsim taken down...oops, where are the backups?

     

esllou

5:51 pm on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

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[news.bbc.co.uk...]

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.

ouch. OUCH! Worse than the WHT fiasco.

bill

11:00 pm on May 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It sounds like they did have backups in place. I was going to rant about the lack of one. That's a very malicious hack from the sounds of it.

kaled

12:07 am on May 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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There's no substitute for offsite backups. I've lost count of the number of times I encountered people who think their data is secure simply because they have a raid system - it's much the same thing.

Kaled.

esllou

3:04 pm on May 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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yes, I think they only had backups on another server and both got taken down. Apparently, 10 years of content has gone up in smoke.

engine

2:02 pm on May 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Flight Simulator Site Taken Down By Hackers [news.bbc.co.uk]
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

[edited by: encyclo at 2:08 pm (utc) on May 19, 2009]

 

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