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Malaysia Airlines Website Hacked by ‘Cyber Caliphate’


Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

On Monday morning, the main page of the Malaysian Airline website was replaced by the words “404 – Plane Not Found” and “Hacked by Lizard Squad”. “404 Page not found” is the common error message displayed when a website cannot be loaded. The official Malaysia Airlines website has been hacked by a group, claiming to support Islamist terror group, ISIS.


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The website was later changed to include a picture of a lizard in a top hat, monocle and tuxedo smoking a pipe. The ISIS reference was removed and the claim of responsibility changed to “Lizard Squad – Official Cyber Caliphate,” with a link to the group’s Twitter account.

In a statement, the airline said it was a “temporary bug” that didn’t affect passenger bookings and that the breach had been reported to Malaysia’s transport ministry and Internet security agency. It said user data “remains secured.” The Lizard Squad group, however, tweeted that it was “going to dump some money found on malaysiaairlines.com servers soon,” and posted a link to a screenshot of what appeared to be a passenger’s flight booking from the airline’s internal email system.

The Lizard Squad group last year claimed it was behind attacks on Sony’s online PlayStation network and Microsoft’s Xbox site.

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