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Hong Kong: Malaysia Airlines’s website in some regions was hacked by a group calling itself “Cyber Caliphate" with the slogan “ISIS will prevail," the latest in a series of cyber-attacks by people claiming affiliation with Islamic State.

The website of the carrier, which lost two planes last year in crashes, opened with a picture of an aircraft with the words “404-Plane Not Found" and “Hacked by Cyber Caliphate." On the tab section of the Internet browser was the phrase, “ISIS will prevail."

The site subsequently showed a picture of a lizard and the name of the hacker group Lizard Squad. Users may have difficulty accessing the website, the carrier said in a Twitter posting.

Earlier this month, Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US Central Command were compromised by messages supporting Islamic State in a hacking attack the Pentagon dismissed as a prank. The cyber-attack was confirmed by Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the Middle East, including the fight against Islamic State extremists.

Reported breaches on federal computer systems increased to 46,605 in 2013 from 26,942 in 2009, according to the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team. That followed terrorist attacks earlier this month in France in which gunmen claiming ties to Islamic State and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula killed 17 people.

Sony hack

Last year, the website of Sony Corp.’s pictures unit was hacked. Weeks after the US declared that North Korea was behind the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., researchers began pointing fingers at everyone from an ex-Sony employee to Russian criminals to a band of video-game enthusiasts called the Lizard Squad.

The hacker group Lizard Squad may have ties to Guardians of Peace, the group claiming responsibility for the Sony attack, according to research from IntelCrawler, a Los Angeles cyber- intelligence firm. Online postings from members of each group use similar language and slang. They cross-post on one another’s social-media accounts, make similar extortion attempts, and carry out attacks on almost identical timelines.

Malaysia Airlines lost MH370 last March with 239 people on board. No debris has been found yet in the world’s longest search for a jet in the era of modern aviation.

MH17 was shot down in July over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Bloomberg

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