In response to the Malaysia Airlines website hack, Trey Ford, Global Security Strategist at Rapid7, has provided the following comment.

“It’s been a terrible year for Malaysia Airlines and a bad month so far for travel websites. A quick review of the timeline seems to validate Malaysia Airlines’ statement that the DNS was compromised. The Airline’s security response team would be able to piece together a timeline of events rather quickly; the investigation path on something like this is fairly straightforward, albeit reliant on third party participation from the Domain Registrar, a DNS provider, or others. I have no hesitation in believing the systems managed by the airline were not impacted or undermined in the course of this event.

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“While embarrassing, this redirection is little more than a nuisance from an operational perspective. This strikes me as an attack of opportunity more than a focused compromise. Due to the simple ‘defacement page,’ overt announcement of the compromise, and lack of additional malice, I believe this was more a press stunt or redirection on the part of the attackers claiming to be Lizard Squad.”

By Trey Ford, Global Security Strategist, Rapid7

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