The Sun website hacked by Lulzsec, Rupert Murdoch claimed dead [Updated]

There's been a lot of media coverage around the News of the World hacking scandal this week, it appears that Lulzsec has stepped up against the parent company, Media Corp's other publications and has hacked Rupert Murdoch's major newspapers website, The Sun.

The website today redirected to an article on a elaborate copy of the official Sun website, that claimed Rupert Murdoch had died, and had been found in his garden. 

The Lulzsec official Twitter account claimed they were behind the hack, tweeting; "We have owned Sun/News of the World - that story is simply phase 1 - expect the lulz to flow in coming days." and with a later tweet saying "The Sun's homepage now redirects to the Murdoch death story on the recently-owned New Times website. Can you spell success, gentlemen?"

It appears the hacking group may be out to attack Rupert Murdoch's media empire exclusively, if you right click on the webpage the threat appears; "Murdoch. The end of your global media domination is nigh. Be afraid!" appears.

It sounds like we'll be seeing more hacks from the infamous Lulzsec over the coming weeks, even though the group claimed they were no longer performing attacks on organizations. The group also published the below comic on the hacked Sun website.

Update #1: The Sun website now redirects to the Lulzsec Twitter page: 

TheSun.co.uk now redirects to our twitter feed. Hello, everyone that wanted to visit The Sun! How is your day? Good? Good!

Update #2: Lulzsec has also hit News International, with Lulzsec tweeting: 

Oh, we forgot to mention that we sailed over to News International and wrecked them too.

Update #3: Various hacking groups are now giving out the contact details of staff at the company and asking people to call them.

Update #4: Email address and passwords for "Rebecca Wade" have been leaked. "Wade" is Rebecca Brooks' maiden name. It'll be interesting to see what comes out of the account. In addition to this, passwords for Bill Akass (Managing editor, News of the World), Danny Rogers (Sun online editor) and Lee Wells (Editorial Support Manager) have all been obtained by the group.

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Shouldn't be attacking individuals until they're proven guilty. There's been virtually no public evidence released against the woman, at least that I've seen, and yet they're trying to roast her. I can only hope that if Lulz is ever caught they're treated with the same.

thornz0 said,
Shouldn't be attacking individuals until they're proven guilty. There's been virtually no public evidence released against the woman, at least that I've seen, and yet they're trying to roast her. I can only hope that if Lulz is ever caught they're treated with the same.
"She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to Section1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 and on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906."

The police wouldn't have arrested the mongrel if they didn't have evidence to suggest that she was in some way involved.

LordBattleBeard said,
"She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to Section1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 and on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906."

The police wouldn't have arrested the mongrel if they didn't have evidence to suggest that she was in some way involved.

Anybody is innocent until proven guilty. An arrest is not self-evident.

Now there's a valid reason to hack something. Glad to hear LulzSec is back. But did anyone think that they'd really go away forever?

Gothic_Rebel said,

Hahaha fraking idiots. Lulz boat > Louise boat. Not one of them can read. Doh!
They read it luiz instead of lulz

Where does Twitter draw the line? They allow Lulz to advertise their illegal vandalism
Thiefs to list their stolen goods
Allow a rapist to mock?
A murderer to taunt police?
Bomb terrorists to praise deaths?

At what point does Twitter deactivate an account?

evo_spook said,
Where does Twitter draw the line? They allow Lulz to advertise their illegal vandalism
Thiefs to list their stolen goods
Allow a rapist to mock?
A murderer to taunt police?
Bomb terrorists to praise deaths?

At what point does Twitter deactivate an account?

I'm obviously not following the right people

evo_spook said,
Where does Twitter draw the line? They allow Lulz to advertise their illegal vandalism
Thiefs to list their stolen goods
Allow a rapist to mock?
A murderer to taunt police?
Bomb terrorists to praise deaths?

At what point does Twitter deactivate an account?

Dude....think of the amount of traffic they are getting from this and revenue. They don't gaf.

evo_spook said,
Where does Twitter draw the line? They allow Lulz to advertise their illegal vandalism
Thiefs to list their stolen goods
Allow a rapist to mock?
A murderer to taunt police?
Bomb terrorists to praise deaths?

At what point does Twitter deactivate an account?

They normally draw the line with accounts committing copyright infringement.

Clik said,
Now giving out mobile numbers of sun jornos

There were some indications that the information accessed may have been several years old.

One tweet mentioned a Sun email address for Rebekah Wade - the unmarried name of Rebekah Brooks, News International's chief executive.

Mrs Brooks has used her married name since 2009 and she left the The Sun to become a News International executive the same year.

It also posted a mobile number for Pete Picton, a former Sun online editor who left the paper last year.

OMFG. This is pure awesomeness. LulzSec has redeemed themselves!

" We are battling with The Sun admins right now - I think they are losing. The boat has landed... >:]"

I thought we'd seen the last of these losers. Of course I should've known that we hadn't though, they need their "internet infamy" ... they're nothing in the real world. Pathetic idiots.

While can't stand the sun or murdoch I'm not going to support illegal vandalism. I take all these in favour would think it okay for people to break into media corp and burn it down.

No right minded person can support this.

evo_spook said,
While can't stand the sun or murdoch I'm not going to support illegal vandalism. I take all these in favour would think it okay for people to break into media corp and burn it down.

No right minded person can support this.

A lot of people in this comment stream are frankly hypocrites. Many of them cried out in unfathomable rage when their precious PSN was taken down, but now that News International has been hit, it's somehow OK.

"It's fine to do these things, as long as they don't interfere with my life".

Majesticmerc said,

A lot of people in this comment stream are frankly hypocrites. Many of them cried out in unfathomable rage when their precious PSN was taken down, but now that News International has been hit, it's somehow OK.

"It's fine to do these things, as long as they don't interfere with my life".

Of course, because all of this is political. If Murdoch wasn't connected to Fox News then the kiddies on the internet wouldn't even be paying attention.

Island Dog said,

Of course, because all of this is political. If Murdoch wasn't connected to Fox News then the kiddies on the internet wouldn't even be paying attention.

Yeah, well, there is some hardcore hatred of Fox News.

Shadrack said,

Yeah, well, there is some hardcore hatred of Fox News.

And it's not even logical (the hatred of Fox News, that is).

FNC is hated because it actually dares to cover right-wing/conservative-slanting events as straight news - not to mention that it actually covers both sides of hot-topic issues. (The rest of cable news? It has a decided leftward list to it - even Geraldo Rivera would be ashamed.)

Shadrack said,

Yeah, well, there is some hardcore hatred of Fox News.


And rightly so They claim to be fair and balanced, yet they dangerously promote a right-wing, bigoted agenda. I don't believe I support this hack because they have released details of people who have done nothing wrong (these current editors have not been accused of phone hacking or even knowing about it), and they messed with websites that don't promote a bigoted agenda (despite them being owned by the bigot Rupert Murdoch).

Callum said,

And rightly so They claim to be fair and balanced, yet they dangerously promote a right-wing, bigoted agenda. I don't believe I support this hack because they have released details of people who have done nothing wrong (these current editors have not been accused of phone hacking or even knowing about it), and they messed with websites that don't promote a bigoted agenda (despite them being owned by the bigot Rupert Murdoch).

Would you think it's OK if Neowin got hacked because someone disagrees with a news article or op-ed piece?

Callum said,

And rightly so They claim to be fair and balanced, yet they dangerously promote a right-wing, bigoted agenda.

Yes because only the left-wing agenda is not dangerous /s

PGHammer said,

And it's not even logical (the hatred of Fox News, that is).

FNC is hated because it actually dares to cover right-wing/conservative-slanting events as straight news - not to mention that it actually covers both sides of hot-topic issues. (The rest of cable news? It has a decided leftward list to it - even Geraldo Rivera would be ashamed.)

I thought it was primarily hated because of the fact it has a tendency to LIE in their news coverage? Well, I suppose not exactly lying... I suppose it's 'skirting' over the actual truth. Especially this piece - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9gOSsvLIO4

Edited by Coagulated, Jul 19 2011, 3:25pm :

Pikey said,
The biggest puzzle is why would anyone visit the Sun's website anyway?

Maybe to see the @LulzSec Twitter feed!!

Now THIS is awesome. Karma is a bitch, News International. I wouldn't say folks normally deserve this but it's good to give some **** back to those swines.

LulzSec: It would appear new-times.co.uk has been hit so hard with redirects that it's now down. That would explain it... we're laughing quite hard.

LulzSec: TheSun.co.uk now redirects to our twitter feed. Hello, everyone that wanted to visit The Sun! How is your day? Good? Good!

More interestingly there are tweets coming from anonymous detailing the email login details of high profile NI/Sun employees including Rebekah Wade.

The attitude of these people involved is so... terribly... immature, it's hard to take them seriously. I guess I'm the only person disliking this 'meme-based' attitude.

NTAuthority said,
The attitude of these people involved is so... terribly... immature, it's hard to take them seriously. I guess I'm the only person disliking this 'meme-based' attitude.
Perhaps, but it is Sun/NotW/News Corp audience they are talking to this time... fits right in.

NTAuthority said,
The attitude of these people involved is so... terribly... immature, it's hard to take them seriously. I guess I'm the only person disliking this 'meme-based' attitude.

well, yea, I agree somewhat. I mean if one can hack these websites with such confidence at least be creative and unique with the propaganda, rather than reiterating these tired old internet fad phrases and jokes.

Although I do think it's better than Anonymous, who seem to think V For Vendetta is the best film ever and they've properly never even read the comic.

NTAuthority said,
The attitude of these people involved is so... terribly... immature, it's hard to take them seriously. I guess I'm the only person disliking this 'meme-based' attitude.
Consider there are causes which lead to this series of action. Remember cause-and-effect formula?