Technology.am (May 15, 2009) — Malicious hackers have destroyed the flight simulator site Avsim, which was launched in 1996, covered all aspects of flight simulation, although its main focus was on Microsoft’s Flight Simulator.
The attack let down the site’s two servers and the owners had not established an external backup system.
“The site would be down for the foreseeable future and was unsure if would ever go back up,” the site’s founder, Tom Allensworth, said.
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.
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”.
“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