August 3, 2011
Hackers Post Information Stolen From Sun Website
News International said on Tuesday that thousands of people who entered competitions on The Sun website may have had personal information stolen.
The publisher said the data was taken when the site was hacked on July 19.
The company said it had reported the matter to the police and the Information Commissioner.
News International said in a statement: "We take customer data extremely seriously and are working with the relevant authorities to resolve this matter.
"We are directly contacting any customer affected by this."
The company said it believes the hackers stole names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses and phone numbers.
It said no financial or password data was compromised.
The file, which was posted online, contained the names and phone numbers of 14 applicants to the 2010 Miss Scotland contest.
The hacker who is reportedly responsible for the attack goes by the name Batteye and claims he has no association with LulzSec.
Batteye wrote on a blog post: "Mankind makes mistakes. Mankind is all the better for them. Mankind learns from them. Some people, however, do not learn. Until these people are pruned by natural selection, incarceration, or otherwise, then mankind will not develop. We will remain prey to the 'malicious' type of hacker that steals credit card information, or deletes voicemail messages and pushing the victims family to grieve more for their loved ones.
"This is unacceptable... We will begin today be presenting to you, various files obtained from the Sun, a company within the News Corp group. We will continue, then, by exposing the world for what it is; a less than perfect place where we cannot trust those who we ask to protect our information."
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