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.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.