Malaysia Airlines website hacked by ‘Cyber Caliphate’

Malaysia Airlines website hacked by ‘Cyber Caliphate’

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Leaving the message ‘ISIS will prevail’, Lizard Squad claims responsibility for disruption of service.

Malaysia Airlines suffered another blow to its business on Monday after its website was hacked by a group proclaiming support for the Islamic State.

Screen shots from the airline’s web page show the message “404 – Plane not Found. Hacked by Cyber Caliphate” over an image of a Malaysia Airlines A380 aircraft. An alternative image has a picture of a lizard wearing a monocle, top hat and bow tie with the message “Hacked by Lizard Squad – Official Cyber Caliphate”.

The browser tab also read “ISIS will prevail.”

The hacking attack is the latest in a series of crises to befall the company. In March 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The aircraft has not been found and all 227 passengers and 12 crew are believed to have died in the Indian Ocean.

In July, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine as it was en route for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. All 283 passengers and 15 crew aboard the Boeing 777-200ER were killed.

Officials of the airline could not be contacted at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, although a spokesman at the company’s offices in Tokyo confirmed that its web site had been “unavailable” for some hours. He added that the head office is aware of the problem and is attempting to rectify the problem as quickly as possible.

Lizard Squad has in the past launched distributed denial of service attacks against the Sony PlayStation Network and the Xbox Live system, while it also claimed responsibility for taking North Korea’s Internet service offline in late December.

There have also been suggestions that while perhaps Lizard Squad is not an integral part of Isil, its members are admirers of the Islamic extremist group.

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