Hackers breach Murdoch’s UK Sun newspaper website

2011-07-19 07:09

London – Computer hackers broke into the website of Rupert Murdoch’s best-selling British tabloid and altered the front page to show a fake report about the media mogul’s death.

The hackers redirected visitors to the twitter feed of hacker group Lulz Security, which came to prominence after several cyber assaults on the websites of Sony Corp, the CIA, and News Corp’s Fox TV.

“We have owned Sun/News of the World,’’ LulzSec posted on Twitter late yesterday, when today’s front page story on The Sun’s website read “Media mogul’s body discovered’.”

News International, the British subsidiary of Murdoch’s News Corp, is at the centre of a phone-hacking scandal rocking his business empire, British politicians and senior police.

Earlier yesterday, LulzSec member Sabu tweeted the hackers were “sitting on (Sun/News of the World) emails’’ and would release a statement today.

Sabu also begun to tweet what it said were the contact details and logins of News International employees including ex-chief executive Rebekah Brooks. It was not possible to verify if the details were genuine.

News International said the company was “aware of what was happening and that the company’s technical teams were working on the it’’.

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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