Hackers Hit Malaysia Air: '404 - Plane Not Found'

'Lizard Squad' says it swiped passenger data, 'ISIS will prevail'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2015 7:23 AM CST
Hackers Hit Malaysia Air: '404 - Plane Not Found'
A man points at the computer screen showing Malaysia Airlines' hacked website, at a cafe in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.   (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

(Newser) – A hacker group that's claimed responsibility for PlayStation and Xbox network outages in recent months has hit a new target. Hackers claiming to be from "cyber caliphate" Lizard Squad took over Malaysia Airlines' website for at least seven hours today, replacing the homepage with an image of a lizard in a tuxedo and the message "404 - Plane Not Found," the Guardian and the AP report. (The site is currently back up and running.) The words "Hacked by Lizard Squad -- Official Cyber Caliphate" were also visible. At one point, the browser tab read "ISIS will prevail," CNN reports. Users were directed to the Twitter page for @lizardmafia, where a posted tweet read, "Going to dump some loot found on malaysiaairlines.com servers soon."

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In a Facebook post, Malaysia Airlines said its domain name system was hacked rather than its internal servers, which hold passenger data. The "glitch" redirected visitors to the hackers' site, the airline said, noting the issue was reported to CyberSecurity Malaysia and the Ministry of Transport. However, a tweet from @lizardmafia says the airline is "lying about user data not being compromised." The account claims to have hacked Malaysia Airlines' email system and posted a screenshot of what appeared to be a flight booking by customer Amy Keh. She tells the AP she booked a flight for her mother and two relatives in October. "I am a bit worried about their security," she says. "Now the whole world knows that they will be going to Taipei." (Read more Lizard Squad stories.)

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