IS 'supporters' hack Malaysia Air

IS 'supporters' hack Malaysia Air

After twin disasters of missing planes this year, Malaysia Air's website has now been hacked with: "404 - Plane Not Found" & "Hacked by Cyber Caliphate" messages.

The hacked Malaysia Airlines' website as it appeared today to people trying to access it. (Source: Screenshot)


IS 'supporters' hack Malaysia Air site

AP News agency

A man points at the computer screen showing Malaysia Airlines' hacked website, at a web cafe in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP photo)

HONG KONG — Malaysia Airlines officials were struggling Monday to restore the embattled airline's website after it was hacked by a group proclaiming support for the Islamic State group.

The airline's site was changed, at first with a message saying "404 - Plane Not Found" and that it was "Hacked by Cyber Caliphate." The browser tab for the website said "ISIS will prevail." [See website here ]

Malaysian Airlines is trying to recover from twin disasters last year, including the disappearance of Flight 370, which authorities believed crashed 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) off Australia's west coast.

The website was later changed to a picture of a lizard, with the ISIS reference removed and the claim of responsibility changed to "Lizard Squad - Official Cyber Caliphate."

The Lizard Squad group last year claimed it was behind Christmas attacks on Sony's online PlayStation network and Microsoft's Xbox site.

In August, it also tweeted to American Airlines that there might be explosives on a plane carrying the president of Sony Online Entertainment, which makes video games, forcing the flight to be diverted.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that its domain name system was "compromised" and users were being redirected to the hacker group's website. It said it will take up to 22 hours to restore the website.

Learn from listening

Click play to listen to audio for this story, or download to save the file
: :


  • access: having the opportunity to have or use something - มีโอกาสในการใช้
  • appear: to be seen - ปรากฏ
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • browser (noun): a computer program used to view webpages and content - โปรแกรมที่ช่วยค้นหาหรืออ่านเอกสารบนอินเตอร์เนต, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์ที่ใช้เปิดดูเว็บ (web browser) ตัวอย่าง เช่น Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome, Netscape เป็นต้น
  • claim (noun): saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
  • coast: an area of land beside the sea - ชายฝั่ง
  • compromised: when something is weakened and you cannot trust in it for protection anymore -
  • crash (noun): collision, accident - การชน
  • cyber-: connected with electronic communication networks, especially the Internet - ไซเบอร์, คำนำหน้าหมายถึงคอมพิวเตอร์
  • disappearance: moving something or someone somewhere where they can no longer be seen - การหายไป, การสาบสูญ, การสูญหาย
  • disaster: an unexpected event, such as a very bad accident, a flood or a fire, that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage - ภัยพิบัติ ความหายนะ
  • divert: to cause something to change direction - เบนเส้นทางเดิน
  • diverted: caused something to change direction - เบนเส้นทางเดินน้ำ
  • domain: one part or area of a much larger area -
  • embattled: experiencing a lot of problems - ที่ถูกโจมตี
  • explosives: substances or pieces of equipment that can cause explosions - สิ่งที่ระเบิดได้
  • hack: to secretly find a way of looking at and/or changing information on somebody else's computer system without permission - เจาะเข้าโปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์อย่างผิดกฎหมาย
  • hacker: a person who secretly finds a way of looking at and/or changing information on somebody else's computer system without permission - ผู้ที่มีความชำนาญในการใช้คอมพิวเตอร์ไปในทางที่ผิดกฎหมาย เช่น แอบขโมยข้อมูลจากคอมพิวเตอร์ในเครือข่าย
  • lizard (noun): a small reptile with a rough skin, four short legs and a long tail - สัตว์เลื้อยคลานพวกจิ้งจกหรือตุ๊กแก
  • message: a piece of written or spoken information that you send to someone, especially when you cannot speak to them directly - ข่าวสาร, ข้อความ
  • network: telecommunications network, a telephone or cable TV network -
  • official: done by people in authority or decided by the government; announced publicly - เป็นทางการ
  • online: controlled by or connected to a computer or to the Internet - ออนไลน์, การเชื่อมต่อผ่านระบบเครือข่ายทางคอมพิวเตอร์
  • prevail: to defeat an opponent, especially after a long struggle - ชนะ
  • proclaiming: announcing something officially - ประกาศ
  • recover (verb): to become normal and healthy again - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ, ฟื้นฟูร่างกาย
  • redirect: to divert; to sent in a different direction or route - เปลี่ยนทิศทางใหม่
  • reference: mentioning someone or something - การอ้างถึง, การอ้างอิง
  • responsibility: deserving to be blamed for something that has happened - ความรับผิดชอบ
  • restore: to bring back to good condition - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ
  • restore: to bring somebody/something back to a former condition, place or position - กลับคืน, กลับมารับตำแหน่ง
  • screen (noun): a display on a phone, computer, etc. that shows information -
  • screenshot (noun): a photo/picture taken from the screen of a computer; screengrab -
  • squad: a small group of police or soldiers who do a particular job - หน่วยพิเศษ
  • statement: something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion - แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง
  • struggle: a very difficult task that you can do only by making a great effort - ความพยายาม
  • twin: forming a pair (two) of two similar things - เป็นคู่กัน
Do you like the content of this article?