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We had a feeling they weren’t gone forever, especially since we’ve been seeing Tweets from them here and there, and now … they’re ba-ack. LulzSec has returned, and decided to target the website of Rupert Murdoch’s paper, The Sun.
The hack was more than just a DDoS attack, which other hacker groups accused LulzSec of being limited to in their efforts. Instead, LulzSec redirected vistitors to the Sun’s homepage to a fake story about Murdoch’s death from a drug overdose which was located on another Murdoch-owned site, the London Times at the URL http://www.new-times.co.uk/sun.
Eventually, the Times site was overwhelmed, resulting in a 404 failure, and LulzSec then redirected The Sun’s homepage to the @LuzSec Twitter account. Right now, both URLs fail to resolve. However, the original page has been archived at http://freze.it/pX.
Here’s what the fake story originally said:
Media moguls body discovered
By STAFF REPORTER
Rupert Murdoch, the controversial media mogul, has reportedly been found dead in his garden, police announce.
Murdoch, aged 80, has said to have ingested a large quantity of palladium before stumbling into his famous topiary garden late last night, passing out in the early hours of the morning.
“We found the chemicals sitting beside a kitchen table, recently cooked,” one officer states. “From what we can gather, Murdoch melted and consumed large quantities of it before exiting into his garden.”
Chemicals found in house
Authorities would not comment on whether this was a planned suicide, though the general consensus among locals and unnamed sources is that this is the case.
One detective elaborates. “Officers on the scene report a broken glass, a box of vintage wine, and what seems to be a family album strewn across the floor, containing images from days gone by; some containing handpainted portraits of Murdoch in his early days, donning a top hat and monocle.”
Another officer reveals that Murdoch was found slumped over a particularly large garden hedge fashioned into a galloping horse. “His favourite”, a butler, Davidson, reports.
Butler Davidson has since been taken into custody for additional questioning.
The fake story and redirection were just the start of LulzSec’s antics today, all of them aimed at News International.
Among the other things that LulzSec and their AntiSec operators did was to Tweet out the phone numbers of some of The Sun’s personnel, including the phone numbers of The Sun’s online editor, Pete Picton. anononymouSabu Tweeted the email address and password of Rebekah Brooks (nee Wade), the former CEO of News International.
Eventually, LulzSec claimed to have taken down News International’s DNS servers, which they said took out 1,024 NI properties.
Truly ironic, to see News International, which hacked the voicemails of thousands of U.K. residents, and which is assumed to have done the same in the U.S., perhaps even to 9/11 victims, victim of a hack itself.