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Back Up and Running: What Happened?

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As you may have been aware, FSElite experienced the longest down-time in our history. Sadly, it happened whilst I was away and our technician was on the other side of the world making communication incredibly hard. Whilst we are back up and running, I just wanted to give you a bit of insight into what happened.

What happened?

Our web server appears to have been attacked and thus installed some new server infrastructure without our knowledge. This then corrupted our SSL certificate, which subsequently caused the whole server to then fall into a downward spiral.

We want to make clear that no private or personal information was seen or taken at any time. This was purely just on our webserver and private data wouldn’t of been accessible. Furthermore we don’t hold an account system (only for those that write for us and they’re aware). The commenting system doesn’t require a password and if you use a social network to post to our site, then those details are secured via that specific platform.

What we are doing?

With FSElite constantly growing, we have to be much more concious to how we handle incidents like this. We are aware of people currently attacking other websites in the community, so have to be very vigilant to ensure our property is protected and our users feel secure.

  • We have changed all passwords relating to admin accounts
  • We will introduce 2-step verification on our web server and WordPress account
  • We have introduced new and more secure methods of logging into our web servers
  • We have set up a new brute force protection software to prevent those types of attacks
  • We will set up a secondary server to fall-back onto if needed

Back to normal?

Yes, we hope so.

We are going to work hard on catching up with the news and continue to provide the community with unique content as usual.

I can only express how sorry I am for the inconvenience and hope that this explanation continues to demonstrate our transparency with the community. I am still away on holiday/vacation (limited internet access) for another few days so my replies may be slower than usual, but please reach out if you have any concerns. Otherwise someone from the team will be in touch.

Thank you again.

 

 
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Exciting Partnership Between FSElite and 08Left Announced

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We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to announce that we will soon be partnering with a fantastic company known as 08Left. 08Left is a unique and established aviation themed shop selling incredible artwork to enthusiasts of real and simulated flight. Their blend of simplicity, and stunning attention to detail, comes across in their design work. Everything from mugs, T-shirts, canvases and
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Happy New Year from FSElite – A Year In Review Post

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Happy New Year!

2017 was an incredible year for FSElite. We went from being the new kids on the block to becoming the leader in dedicated flight sim news, reviews and more. It really has been down to the gracious community, support from the fantastic developers and the kind words we receive every day.

We thought we would have a quick look back at 2017. In January, we started our 2016 User Awards, which was a great way for the community to give back to the developers – voting for their favorite product from the past year. Also, during the same month, Orbx cancelled their “Project X” work, which turned out to be X-Plane scenery. Funny how a year makes a difference! Finally, January closed with an impressive release, the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II finally graced the virtual skies.

 
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