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 â€œ404-Plane Not Foundâ€ greeted site visitors for a few hours, recalling the the mysterious disappearance of Flight MH370 last year, along with â€œISIS WILL PREVAILâ€ at the top of their browserâ€™s window and the message â€œHacked by Cyber Caliphate.â€
Photo Credits: The Wall Street Journal
The hackers replaced the front page with an image of a tuxedo-wearing lizard, which read â€œHacked by LIZARD SQUAD – OFFICIAL CYBER CALIPHATE.â€
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.
â€œThe group who did it is a group of kids who arenâ€™t fond of our company,â€ one of the two men told the Wall Street Journal. â€œI presume they added our names to either scare us or warn us.â€
The airlineâ€™s ticket-booking and other services were unavailable for a few hours.
â€œAt this stage, Malaysia Airlinesâ€™ web servers are intact,â€ the company said on its Facebook page. â€œThe airline has resolved the issue with its service provider and the system is expected to be fully recovered within 22 hours.â€
â€œMalaysia 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,â€ the company added.