Lizard Squad strikes again, defaces Malaysia Airlines’ website

Cyber bandits graffiti homepage, refer to themselves as ‘Official Cyber Caliphate’

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Lizard Squad strikes again, defaces Malaysia Airlines’ website Visitors to www.malaysiaairlines.com are currently greeted by this dapper image.
By  Stephen McBride Published  January 26, 2015

Sony Computer Entertainment's cyber nemesis Lizard Squad returned to headlines today, after it defaced the homepage of Malaysia Airlines' corporate website.

At the time of writing, the tongue-in-cheek image of a lizard in formal wear, including top hat and monocle, can still be seen when trying to navigate to www.malaysiaairlines.com.

The Squad further mocked its victim with the somewhat tasteless jibe: "404 - Plane Not Found", in reference to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared in March en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

As part of the defacement message, the group also referred to itself grandiosely as the "Official Cyber Caliphate". Bloomberg reported that the browser tab was named "ISIS will prevail." This led to many media outlets reporting that ISIS sympathisers calling themselves "Cyber Caliphate" had hacked the site, but if such an affiliation exists, Lizard Squad - known for a series of digital pranks that have appeared to be largely apolitical - has never before expressed it. Indeed, at the time of writing, the tab title reads, "Lizard Squad will prevail."

Over on Twitter, from its @LizardMafia account, the group promised: "Going to dump some loot found on malaysiaairlines.com servers soon."

Lizard Squad played havoc with the Sony PlayStation Network and Microsoft Xbox Live gaming hubs in December, when it took both offline at the height of the holiday season. It had previously gained infamy by tweeting a bomb threat to a commercial airliner carrying a high-ranking Sony Online executive.

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