Malaysia Airlines has sustained an attack by the Lizard Squad, a group that allegedly aligns itself with ISIS.
A picture of a well dressed lizard in a top hat appeared on the homepage. The lizard is also the symbol of a group that hacked the Sony PlayStation and X-Box networks last month.
RT report: “Hacked by LIZARD-SQUAD – OFFICIAL CYBER CALIPHATE” appears below the lizard, while the internet browser tab delivers a cruel joke: “404 – Plane Not Found”, referring to both the internet error code and the still-missing flight The ‘Lizard Squad’ Hack Malaysia Airlines Website, referring to both the internet error code and the still-missing flight MH370, which took 239 people with it.
For a short while before the screen was changed to black, the homepage instead showed a photo of an Airbus 380. The title of the page was then “ISIS will prevail”, referring to the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists – a group now infamous for its unparalleled brutality in Iraq and Syria.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) managed very briefly to gain control of its website, removing the picture with the plane. The blacked-out picture with the lizard appeared on the homepage an hour later, as the hackers regained control. The only real difference between the two versions of the hack, aside from the picture, was that the reference to the Lizard Squad appeared only later, on the blacked-out homepage.
The hackers tweeted that they were “cooking up something special.”
From their LizardMafia account, they had earlier tweeted that they were “Going to dump some loot found on malaysiaairlines.com servers soon” and “We would like to point out that @MAS is lying about user data not being compromised…”