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Tuesday
Jul192011

Amid Hacking Probe, LulzSec Hacks News Corp.-Owned Website

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- After calling it quits three weeks ago following 50 days of high profile hacks that included PBS, Sony, and Nintendo -- among others -- the hacker group LulzSec has struck again. This time, the group set it sights on Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., amid the fallout from Murdoch's News International phone hacking scandal.

In the first cyber attack against a major U.K. newspaper’s website, LulzSec reportedly hacked the site of the News International-owned The Sun early Tuesday morning, local time. The site address redirected visitors to a story reporting Murdoch’s death on The Times of London site. The story suggested Murdoch had intentionally ingested poison to take his own life.

LulzSec claimed on their Twitter account that they were "sitting on their [The Sun's] emails" and that they would release the emails on Tuesday. They also claimed to know Rebekah Brooks' email password.

News International's corporate web page went down on Tuesday as a result, and The Times of London website faced issues loading. It is unclear whether News Corp. disabled those sites.

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