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Hacker removes online game mocking MH17 tragedy

Shoot planes out of the sky with a ground-based missile launcher. Collect the passports of the dead. These are the aims of a video game called Euro BUK Simulator 2014.

The scenario is all too similar to the July tragedy which saw Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down over Ukraine.

A hacker found the Internet-based game disrespectful and decided to pull the plug on it.

The site hosting the game now shows a message in Dutch left by the hacker.

It reads: "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."

The message was signed off with the name Anne Jan Brouwer.

The game was earlier condemned by Belgian website VKMag for mocking the tragedy that killed 298 people. The website believed the game had been created by a Belgian based on the site's Internet Protocol and domain name.

The game's logo had featured the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, some 50km from the Russian border, on July 17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board were killed.

Source: The Star

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