Malaysian Airlines (MAS) assured customers and clients that its website is secure and was never hacked.
In a statement, the airlines explained that what happened yesterday was not hacking, but customers were merely redirected to a hacker website when they keyed in the www.malaysiaairlines.com URL due to a compromise on its Domain Name System (DNS), which translates a domain name to the Internet Protocol (IP) address, The Malaysian Insider reports.
“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,” explained the statement.
Yesterday morning, MAS website was dysfunctional for several hours and visitors of the site saw the message, “ISIS WILL PREVAIL” written at the top of their browser’s window. Also, a picture of a MAS Airbus A380 jet was shown and the message, “404-Plane Not Found” and “Hacked by Cyber Caliphate” were displayed on screen.
Shortly after that, a different image was displayed on the site. The image showed a lizard wearing a tuxedo and smoking a pipe with a top hat and a monocle. The image came with a text that said “Hacked by Lizard Squad, Official Cyber Caliphate”
It is not known whether “Cyber Caliphate” is linked to militant group Islamic State, but a group calling itself Lizard Squad in December claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on videogame servers of Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp, Wall Street Journal reports.
It is also unknown why MAS was targeted but hackers had previously hinted the attack on their Twitter page.