The official Malaysia Airlines website has been hacked by the group known as Lizard Squad and calling itself the “official cyber caliphate”. The website currently shows a web page with a lizard wearing a hat, monocle and tuxedo, with a pipe in its mouth. The browser title reads “Lizard Squad will prevail”.
Malaysia Airlines website hacked
The website, www.malaysiaairlines.com also reads “404 – plane not found” at the top of the page and includes several Twitter account addresses. It’s an embarrassing incident, especially considering the bad publicity the Malaysian airline company faced last year after the twin disasters of flight MH370 disappearing in March 2014, and the shooting down of MH17 several months later.
Lizard Squad have been responsible for several high profile hacks and spam attacks in recent months (such as Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account page which was bombarded with hundreds of strange messages).
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The group’s Twitter page has lots of bizarre and interesting posts. The last one, earlier today, states “Going to dump some loot found on malaysiaairlines.com servers soon”.
In the past few months, there have been a spate of very high profile cyber crime and hacking incidents. Not least was the Sony Pictures leak of sensitive information, allegedly sponsored by the North Korean regime in response to the release of the Hollywood comedy The Interview.
The U.S. administration has recently upped its efforts to combat hacking and cyber-crime, and it’s expected that there will be new bills and powers of congress in the future to try and curb the criminals who are carrying out these attacks.
As of the time of writing, the Malaysia Airlines website has still not yet returned to the regular page.
What do you think about the Lizard Squad? Are they simple criminals, or are they bringing the lack of security on the Internet to our attention?
Let us know in the comments below.