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Online game to shoot down commerical planes, including one with MAS logo, taken down

Published on Aug 28, 2014 5:22 PM
A screenshot of the game "Euro BUK Simulator 2014", which was taken down by a hacker. -- PHOTO: VIA THE STAR ONLINE

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An Internet-based video game, which showed complete disregard for the tragic fate of the victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17, has been taken down by a hacker who found the game disrespectful.

The game, titled Euro BUK Simulator 2014, requires players to shoot down commercial airplanes - including one with a MAS logo - with a ground-based missile launcher, and then collect the passports of fallen victims to gain points.

The site hosting the game now shows a message in Dutch left by the hacker on a plain, black screen, saying: "There are limits to Internet freedom. Internet freedom is a right, but please show respect.

"Out of respect for the people involved, I decided to pull the plug on it," said the message, which was signed off by a certain Anne Jan Brouwer.

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