KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 – Malaysia Airlines was the target of hackers today as Internet users were unable to get to the national carrier’s website. Those going to the website, www.malaysiaairlines.com, were greeted with the message “404 — Plane Not Found”, a reference to the “Error 404” message and what is believed to be a reference to missing MAS flight MH370.
The hack was claimed by a person or persons signing off as “Cyber Caliphate”. It is not immediately known, however, whether “Cyber Caliphate” is linked to militant group Islamic State, which has proclaimed a desire to set up a caliphate. The hacker, with the username @LizardMafia on Twitter started to tweet few hours before MAS being hacked.
The hacker posted “Let’s get the lizards together and have some fun today.”, “Cooking up something special”, “Going to dump some loot found on http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/ servers soon” Meanwhile, MAS created temporary page for the customers to book fares and check-in online.
“You may experience difficulty accessing our website. We are currently working on resolving the issue. To book fares: http://bit.ly/1zLIJ1v”. “To check-in online, kindly visit http://bit.ly/1twPdIB . We thank you for your patience and kind understanding.”