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This is why you make backups

It was bad enough that Microsoft killed off "Flight Simulator" after a glorious 26-year run in a cost-cutting move, but now it seems the oldest Flight Sim community on the net is down for the count, too. And it's partially their fault.

AVSim (don't bother clicking for now, it's down), a 13-year-old community that had gathered countless add-ons for Flight Sim fans over the years, was hacked and destroyed by unknown hackers, who also took out the backups.

You see, site founder Tom Allensworth told the BBC that while they made backups of the site's content, the backups were done between the two servers that hosted the site. There was no off-site or disconnected backup. Server A backed up Server B, and Server B held the backups of Server A, and the hackers got both servers.

I hate to kick a man when he's down, but I'm sorry, that was sloppy.

"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. "


AVSim held a wealth of content for Flight Sim fans; terrains, skins, and mods, all developed by its own members.

Allensworth has set up a temporary forum for AVSim users while they decide what to do next. The only way to rebuild would be if all the contributors have their own copies that they can donate to the new site.

Let this be a lesson to you. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to buy a 500GB external drive.