KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 — The website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines Systems Bhd (MAS) was hacked today allegedly by an entity called “Cyber Caliphate”, who replaced the page’s title with the words “Isis will prevail”, likely in reference to the militant group now known as Islamic State.
The main page of the website was replaced by a photo of Airbus A380 jetliner bearing MAS’ logo, with the words “404 — plane not found”, a reference to Internet error code “404 not found”.
A few minutes later, the page was then changed to a black background, listing another entity called “Lizard Squad” from Finland as one of those responsible for the hack.
On its Twitter account, @LizardMafia, Lizard Squad had tweeted earlier that it was “cooking up something special”.
It also tweeted “Going to dump some loot found on http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/ servers soon”, likely referring to leaking private information of customers stored on MAS’ servers.
Yesterday, Lizard Squad tweeted that “We should move from ddosing (sic) games to grounding planes imo.”. DDOS refers to a cyberattack to temporarily interrupt access to a website or suspend it.
The tweet might have been in reference to the bomb threats sent via Twitter on Sunday, alleging of bombs on two Delta Airways planes.
Fighter jets had escorted the planes to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, US, but nothing was found by a police bomb squad and the FBI.
The hacked MAS website had previously listed two Twitter accounts @umgrobert and @umg_chris as the contacts for the so-called Cyber Caliphate.
The two accounts are of Robert Terkla, the owner of US e-sports provider UMG Gaming, and its CEO who is simply called Chris.
“We didn’t have anything to do with this,” Robert tweeted to Malay Mail Online today in response to our enquiries.
“Can assure you this was @LizardMafia not us,” added Chris.
Malay Mail Online is currently trying to reach MAS and Lizard Squad for response.