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Looks like they got their forums back online: http://forums1.avsim.net/ :thumbsup:

The main website at http://www.avsim.com is back online, but it's only a placeholder page to inform folks as to what happened and what's been restored. They are still working on restoring all the main website article content. The file library is still completely offline.

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Any news on the asshat who attacked the site?

Whenever they find out who did it they should start donations for tickets up, forget the courts, the schmuck needs "Jay and Silent Bob'd."

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Yep, the forums are back and I expect they will be reconstructing the files pages. Many flight simmers have ZIP's of the files that were available and will be uploading them as soon as AVSIM is ready. As for the asshat(s) who destroyed the site, woe be unto him/her/them if they are ever found.

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Another update:

About 90% of the files have been recovered or re-donated, the download section will likely be up and running soon.

From Tom:

I want to bring everyone up-to-date, answer some questions, and give you some insight into the future.

Today we were able to bring back online the original AVSIM Forums that had been backed up until just before the hack took place. Our tech team has been working long hours since the wee hours of last Friday, when we started the installation process of the new servers, removing the trashed servers, and putting humpty dumpty back together again.

How did we recover the forums data? Simple... The hacker was an idiot and incompetent. Beyond that, for obvious reasons, I am only going to say that we did have backups that were either totally intact, or were there sufficiently enough for us to regain data. What remained allowed us to regather 100% of the forums.

We have recovered about 90% of the File Library and all of the WEB site. The library files go back to FS98. That should be sufficient to make everyone happy, and all those web sites that in someway link into the library should see their links start to work again, once we can bring the library back into service.

Okay, so... Where do we stand today? Today we have the two new servers online and are working to establish zones, cgi, and all the "infrastructure" to get our web site operational again. We expect to have the complete WEB Site back online by late this coming Thursday (the 28th). The library will take a little longer (it is far more complex).

In addition to the two G5's, we have brought back online a system to use as a DEV box. Development of the library and Steve Stratton's efforts with the new web site will take place there. We have removed the main disks from what had been GREEN and PURPLE and will have them forensically investigated. Once we can swap around some disks, we will reload them with a new OS, and bring them online as more virtual servers for expansion and further scaling.

As some point in the next week or so, we'll have pretty much an AVSIM that you will recognize. However, we are not going to stop there. Steve's working on modernizing our WEB Site, and we have kicked off efforts to redesign our library. We will be posting more news on those soon.

Some things will be noticeably changed. The speed of response by the forums, the WEB Site and when it comes back online, the library, are going to be noticeably faster. We have opened up our "pipe" and you should see file transfers much improved over what had been seen in the library before the crash.

We can't thank the community enough for your emotional and financial support and hanging in there with us throughout this ugly period in AVSIM's history. We are confident that the payback for the community will be a much improved and growing AVSIM. Thank you, again.

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