LulzSec Leftists Hack Into News Corp Websites – Say They Will Release Emails This Afternoon
LulzSec leftists hacked into the News Corp website and stole an email archive. They young leftists say they will release the stolen emails later today.
The hackers posted a fake “Murdock is dead” story on The Sun website.
The Register reported:
The hacktivists behind a hack on The Sun’s website claim to have extracted an email archive which they plan to release later on Tuesday.
News International’s systems were hacked on Monday night. As a result, visitors to The Sun’s website were redirected towards a fake story on the supposed death of Rupert Murdoch by infamous hacktivist collective LulzSec. The group also redirected visitors to the main News International website to the LulzSec Twitter feed. In addition, the hack may have allowed LulzSec to gain access to News International’s email database.
Sabu, a prominent member of LulzSec, said via Twitter that the group was sitting on emails of News International staffers that it planned to release on Tuesday.
In the meantime, Sabu released email login details for former News International chief exec Rebekah Brooks, a central figure in the News of the World voicemail-hacking scandal.
Brooks (then called Wade), edited The Sun between 2003 and 2009, and – at least according to LulzSec – had been using the password 63000 to access her email account at the paper. As IT blogger John Graham-Cumming points out, 63000 is the same number as the text tip-off line used by the Sun.
LulzSec also posted the supposed password hash – but not the password – of Bill Akass, former managing editor of the News of the World.
The hackers also posted the mobile phone numbers of three News International execs. This information seems to have come from, at best, an old database. The Telegraph reports that one of the phone numbers belongs to Pete Picton, a former online editor with The Sun who left to work on News Corp’s iPad-only publication, The Daily, last year. Another phone number belongs to Chris Hampartsoumian, an IT worker. Hampartsoumian recently announced, via Twitter, that he does not work for any News Corp firm.