The Not-So-Nice Side Of The Internet Shows Itself
Like many wonderful things, there is
an alternate side to the internet... a side that is destructive,
mean, vicious and often -- criminal. From the attack blogs to the
flamers to rumor-mongers and cyber-terrorists, it's hard to equate
why something as powerful as the net has such a ugly
ANN regrets to note that AVSIM, a truly professional website
dedicated to flight-simmers and the community that enjoys aviation
simulation, was hacked this week by person(s) as yet unknown and
that the damage was so great that the site, for now, is down and
unlikely to return any time soon.
Tom Allensworth, CEO and Publisher of AVSIM, has issued some
limited details of what occurred, "We regret to inform the flight
simulation community that on Tuesday, May 12, AVSIM was hacked and
effectively destroyed. The method of the hack makes recovery
difficult, if not impossible, to recover from. Both servers, that
is the library / email and web site / forum servers were attacked.
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. We will post more news as we
are able to in the coming days and weeks."
No one, as yet, knows who did what
though at least party, with a 'bad blood' relationship with the
site, is currently suspected as having engineered the take-down and
a number of parties are pushing for an aggressive criminal
investigation -- and are likely to get it.
A temporary forum for AVSIM devotees is currently online at http://linux.myalbemarle.org/forums/index.php
Allensworth has posted an update promising that AVSIM will come
back and is grateful for what appeas to have been an amazing show
of support from the online community.
ANN wishes AVSIM well... and offers whatever assistance we might
provide to them as they rebuild their community... Good luck,