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404 Plane Not Found " Hackers Claiming to Represent ISIS Hit Malaysian Airlines

Alexandra GHEORGHE

January 27, 2015

404 Plane Not Found " Hackers Claiming to Represent ISIS Hit Malaysian Airlines

ISIS, known for gruesome videos of beheading innocent captives, has either developed a sense of humor, albeit a distasteful one, or has attracted a delinquent fan-boy following.

Attackers claiming to represent ISIS carried out a denial-of-service attack on the website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS), compromising its domain name system, according to news reports.

The message “404-Plane Not Found” greeted site visitors for a few hours, recalling the the mysterious disappearance of Flight MH370 last year, along with “ISIS WILL PREVAIL” at the top of their browser`s window and the message “Hacked by Cyber Caliphate.”

`404-Plane Not Found`

Photo Credits: The Wall Street Journal

The hackers replaced the front page with an image of a tuxedo-wearing lizard, which read “Hacked by LIZARD SQUAD – OFFICIAL CYBER CALIPHATE.”

Both images displayed the Twitter handles for the accounts of two employees of UMG Events LLC, a company that hosts videogame events across the US.

“The group who did it is a group of kids who aren`t fond of our company,” one of the two men told the Wall Street Journal. “I presume they added our names to either scare us or warn us.”

The airline`s ticket-booking and other services were unavailable for a few hours.

“At this stage, Malaysia Airlines` web servers are intact,” the company said on its Facebook page. “The airline has resolved the issue with its service provider and the system is expected to be fully recovered within 22 hours.”

“Malaysia Airlines assures customers and clients that its website was not hacked and this temporary glitch does not affect their bookings and that user data remains secured,” the company added.

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