Malaysia Airlines’ website has been hacked by the Lizard Squad, the same hacker collective that attacked Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s Playstation Network via Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks. They are a group of self-described “cyber-terrorists” and even offered DDoS for rent services.
Its latest hack takes a jibe at the missing MH370 flight which was first mentioned in a couple of tweets:
A short while later, MAS’s website is now a picture of a dapper lizard, the sign-off for the Lizard Squad.
It is not very clear the reason for the hack other than fun although the tweets above actually were preceded by other plane/airline related tweets:
It is noted that it is claimed on other news sites that the Lizard Squad is affiliated to ISIS though our opinion is that they simply find it entertaining to associate themselves with them.. They hosted a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and:
“I get the exposing corporate greed angle, but don’t you think you’ve maybe taken it a bit too far? You practically made a bomb threat, you put lives in danger. And the ISIS flag shit is disrespectful. You are turning yourself look like a terrorist rather [SIC] then someone who is trying to make a point.”
To this The Lizard Squad responded, claiming:
“Some media outlets actually think we’re affiliated with ISIS, it’s great.”
Another user commented on the group’s invocation of ISIS, writing:
“I really like the fact that normal people can shut down major corporations, but why do it in the name of ISIS?… I love computers and technology but why the bomb threat if [SIC] your trying to expose corporate greed and show how bad of quality corporation servers are?”
And the Lizard Squad responded:
“For the Caliph, brother!”