Cyber attack disables air carrier’s ticket-booking service for over seven hours.
A group, who calls itself “Lizard Squad” and “Cyber Caliphate,” is believed to have hacked the official website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines. However, the airline has ensured that its data servers remained intact and passenger bookings were not affected.
What happened? The airline’s revealed a photograph of a lizard in a top hat, monocle and tuxedo smoking a pipe, surrounded by the messages ‘404 – Plane Not Found’ and ‘Hacked by Lizard Squad – Official Cyber Caliphate,’ Reuters reports. A rap song could be also be heard in the background.
What information was breached? Lizard Squad has tweeted that it was “going to dump some loot found on malaysiaairlines.com servers soon,” and posted a link to a screenshot of what appeared to be a passenger flight booking from the airline’s internal email system.
How did it happen? According to the New York Times, MAS said its domain name system was “compromised” and users were redirected to the hacker group’s website. The domain name system translates web addresses typed into browsers into the numbers that computers use to identify and connect with each other on the Internet,
When did it occur? The website was down for at least seven hours during the night of Sunday, January 25, 2015.
What they’re saying: “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 released in a statement. “At this stage, Malaysia Airlines’ web servers are intact.”
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