Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"All-Out Assault" on Malaysian Airlines Continues: Hacker's Edition


BANGKOK – A group of hackers, claiming to support the Islamic State jihadist group, repeatedly hacked the Malaysia Airlines website on Monday.

The company confirmed the attack but said that reservations and user data had not been compromised.

“At this stage, Malaysia Airlines’ web servers are intact. The airline has resolved the issue with its service provider and the system is expected to be fully recovered within 22 hours,” said the airline in a statement.

In one of the attacks, the hackers, who call themselves “Cyber Caliphate,” replaced the airlines main page with a photo of one of the airline’s Airbus A380 jets and a sentence that read “404 – Plane Not Found.”

The browser tab read “ISIS will prevail” in a reference to the extremist group and a rap song could be heard playing in the background.

The website’s main page was later changed to a picture of a lizard in a top hat, monocle and tuxedo, smoking a pipe with a link to the Twitter account @lizardmafia.

Although the airline has reported the incident to CyberSecurity Malaysia and the Ministry of Transport, the motive of the computer attack still remains still unclear.

The airline, which lost two planes last year, has posted a message on social networking sites saying that there could be difficulties in accessing the website.

“You may experience difficulty accessing our website. We are currently working on resolving the issue. To book fares: http://bit.ly/1zLIJ1v,” read the company’s Twitter account.

Ten months after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, teams are still combing the area in the southern Indian Ocean, some 1,200 km (746 miles) to the south-west of the Australian city of Perth, to find traces of the aircraft.

The plane disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 passengers and crew after “deliberately” changing its course, according to experts, just 40 minutes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur and en route to Beijing.

Neither the remains of the fuselage nor bodies have been found so far.


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