July 19, 2011

LulzSec Sets Its Sights On The Sun Newspaper

Despite calling an end to their own internet hijinks last month, a continuing and growing scandal at News International has brought the hacker group Lulz Security (LulzSec) back into action, BBC News is reporting.

The computer hack was revealed last night when visitors to the website of British newspaper The Sun were redirected to LulzSec's Twitter page which featured a fake news article. The article declared that Rupert Murdoch, owner of News International had been found dead in his garden.

The Sun, which is owned by Murdoch's News International quickly removed the website from public view. LulzSec then replaced the fake story on the Twitter page with "hacked internal Sun staff data" in one entry.

In another post, the hackers displayed, "Arrest us. We dare you. We are the unstoppable hacking generation..." LulzSec also tweeted the name and phone number of a Sun online editor and two others associated with the company and encouraged followers to call them.

And a LulzSec associate, Sabu, posted in a tweet what looks like an old e-mail address and password for Rebekah Brooks, former Sun editor and ex-chief executive of News International, which published News of the World before it shut down earlier this month over the allegations.

Brooks resigned from News International last week and was arrested over the weekend. She was an editor at News of the World when mobile phone voice mail hacking allegedly occurred.

The cause of all this grief in the media empire that Murdoch controls due to the ongoing scandal in which journalists and others working for the now-closed News of the World allegedly hacked into mobile phone systems to listen to voice mails of news subjects, CNet reports.

The increasing list of people that have been found to be spied upon include celebrities, members of the royal family, murder victims, soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and people who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In late June, the hacker group said it was disbanding with one last data dump, which included internal AOL Inc. and AT&T documents.


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