19 Jul 2011

LulzSec back in action, targets The Sun

Hacker group LulzSec, which claimed recently it was disbanding, took credit for hacking the website of the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun on July 18.

In a series of Tweets, LulzSec crowed about successfully redirecting users to a fake Sun homepage announcing the death of Murdoch, the News Corp mogul whose media empire has been shaken following a phone hacking scandal that led to the closing of another of his company’s tabloids, News of the World.

The bogus LulzSec cover story said, “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.” The LulzSec mascot is a man in a top hat and monocle.

As with many of LulzSec’s other hacks, the reasons motivating this one were ambiguous. LulzSec has at times claimed to hack simply for the “lulz,” or laughs, though it recently teamed up with another hacker group, Anonymous, to undertake a politically oriented “AntiSec” campaign against government and corporate websites.

The Sun hack occurred on the same day that Sean Hoare, the former News of the World reporter credited with blowing the whistle on the paper’s hacking practices, was discovered dead in his home outside London.