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Malaysia Airlines website hacked and replaced with ‘Plane not found’ message

Troubled airline Malaysia Airlines’ website has been hacked and replaced with a bad taste message about its missing flight MH370.

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The airline’s URL malaysiaairlines.com has been taken over with a message claiming: “Hacked by Cyber Caliphate”.

Recent weeks saw Twitter accounts belonging to the US Pentagon and US Central Command reportedly hacked by an organisation calling itself Cyber Caliphate which declares itself sympathetic with extremist Islamic beliefs.

'Hacked by Lizard Squad'

‘Hacked by Lizard Squad’

Malaysia Airlines’ Flight 370 went missing in March last year. A “404 not found” message on a website refers to the server being unable to find what was requested.

The tagline of the website has been changed to read “ISIS will prevail”.

Malaysia Airlines has offered a new URL for passengers to check in, here. The airline posted on Twitter: “You may experience difficulty accessing our website. We are currently working on resolving the issue.”

Update, 3pm. Malaysia Airlines has taken its website offline, and insisted that it was not hacked this morning, rather its domain name system was “compromised”. A message on the airline’s Facebook page reads:

Malaysia Airlines confirms that its Domain Name System (DNS) has been compromised where users are re-directed to a hacker website when www.malaysiaairlines.com URL is keyed in.

At this stage, Malaysia Airlines’ web servers are intact.

The airline has resolved the issue with its service provider and the system is expected to be fully recovered within 22 hours.

The matter has also been immediately reported to CyberSecurity Malaysia and the Ministry of Transport.

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.

At the time of publishing, Malaysia Airlines had not responded to Mumbrella’s request for comment.

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