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LulzSec hacked into servers owned by Rupert Murdoch to post fake stories of the death of the embattled media mogul.

Meanwhile News Corp. whistleblower Sean Hoare was found dead under unexplained circumstances in England.  (Source: BBC)
The News of the World scandal continues to grow and astound

Things are looking very bad for Rupert Murdoch and his son James, masters of the media empire News Corp. (NWS).  When one of his tabloids News of the World was caught not only reportedly bribing English police officers, but also hacking into the phone accounts of celebrities, politicians, murder victims, and family members of dead soldiers, it caused an ever-expanding firestorm of wrath and criticism by the English public and caused Mr. Murdoch's advertisers to start dropping like flies

The last couple weeks have brought plenty of developments.  The London police chief resigned, amid allegations he was involved with the bribery schemes.  Mr. Murdoch has officially shuttered News of the World, formerly England's best-selling tabloid.  Its chief Rebekah Brooks has been arrested.  And Mr. Murdoch is set to be grilled today by England's Parliament.  But even wilder events have occurred within the last 24 hours.

I. Rupert Murdoch Dead?  Those LulzSec Scoundrels...

On Monday the homepage of The Sun, another English News Corp. tabloid, was hacked by famed hacker group LulzSec [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] [9][10][11][12][13][14].  The group hacked servers of The Times, the local New Corp. newspaper and then used them to host a fake version of The Sun, finishing the hack by forcing the homepage to redirect to The Times servers.

The cheeky hackers then posted a fake version of the tabloid which proclaimed:
Media moguls body discovered
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...
The first sentence contains what may be a shout-out to top Anonymous/LulzSec member "Topiary".

After the traffic to the story overwhelmed The Times servers, LulzSec redirected The Sun homepage to their Twitter account.  The group brags in a Twitter post:
This was the work of Lulz Security, dear media. We would like to give a shout-out to our bros at @AnonymousIRC though, we love those guys!

Arrest us. We dare you. We are the unstoppable hacking generation and you are a wasted old sack of shit, Murdoch. ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER!
LulzSec also claims to have hacked into News of the World's mail servers.  They posted the phone numbers of a handful of high profile employees in their Twitter feed, and claim to be preparing a major release for today.

This is the second hack of News Corp. by LulzSec.  Early in its campaign, the group hacked the services of Fox in the U.S.

As of this morning The Sun was still down, another blow to Mr. Murdoch's media empire.

II. Top Whistleblower in Case Found Dead

In related news, Sean Hoare, a reporter who blew the whistle on many details of his former employer News of the World's misdeeds was found dead yesterday, in a scene straight out of a Francis Coppola screenplay.

British Police told The Guardian, "At 10.40am today [Monday 18 July] police were called to Langley Road, Watford, following the concerns for welfare of a man who lives at an address on the street. Upon police and ambulance arrival at a property, the body of a man was found. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after. The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing."

Mr. Hoare is reportedly known for a history of drug and alcohol issues, however, the timing of his death will surely delight conspiracy theorists as just early this week he was dishing dirt to The New York Times.

His death is unlikely to significantly affect the case against Mr. Murdoch's empire, though.

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RE: Murdoch
By invidious on 7/19/2011 9:24:36 AM , Rating: 3
Are you implying that the other news networks are any different?

RE: Murdoch
By mcnabney on 7/19/11, Rating: 0
RE: Murdoch
By Iaiken on 7/19/2011 10:16:19 AM , Rating: 4
1. Information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
2. The dissemination of such information as a political strategy.

A good example of this was NBC coverage of the Fukushima Daichi crisis where they covered it the least, downplayed it when they did and never mentioned that their parent corporation (General Electric) was the designer/builder of the reactors. It's a conflict of interest, plain and simple.

However, there isn't a lot to be done about it since it's practically impossible to go back on the provisions that allowed corporations to consolidate more and more media under them.

Further, it's asinine to think that the myriad views of over 300 million people could possibly represent 6 media outlets with agendas of their own, ever.

RE: Murdoch
By MrBlastman on 7/19/2011 11:02:29 AM , Rating: 4
Exactly. They all have bias of one form or another. To think otherwise is to be completely unaware.

This is why I always read news from many sources and form my own opinion.

RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/20/2011 12:18:46 AM , Rating: 2
It's a conflict of interest, plain and simple.

Another epic failure of the FCC and the a$$holes that approve mergers. (Actually don't they pretty much rubber stamp everything with approval the last few decades?)

RE: Murdoch
By FITCamaro on 7/19/2011 12:50:13 PM , Rating: 3
Other news networks just fail to report entirely on things they can't lie about.

- John Edwards scandal
- many of the DoJs actions since Obama took office
- Obama playing golf when he should, you know, be acting as our president

RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/19/2011 2:24:50 PM , Rating: 2
Pot meet kettle, kettle this is pot. How many of these were on Faux News? Googling the top republican "family value" hypocrites:

1. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, married to Maria Shriver and the father of one child out of wedlock.

2. Sen. John McCain, 2008 Republican presidential frontrunner, admitted adulterer.

3. Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, betrayed his second wife, Donna Hanover, with his “very good friend” Judith Nathan, whom he has since married. Hanover also publicly accused Rudy of having an affair with a staffer, Cristyne Lategano-Nicholas.

4. Rush Limbaugh, dated Marta Fitzgerald while she was married to someone else. Marta later became his third wife. (He and CNN’s Daryn Kagin recently stopped dating.)

5. Bill O’Reilly, married to Maureen McPhilmy, tried to have phone sex with Andrea Mackris, who sued him for sexual harrassment. (Was she yelling SHUT UP! SHUT UP! ?)

6. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, serial adulterer.

7. Former Rep. Bob Barr’s notoriety as an adulterer was one of many ironies around the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA) which he wrote, and which was passed with the leadership of fellow adulterers Sen. Majority Leader Bob Dole and House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

8. Rep. Henry Hyde, who served as chairman of House Mangers in the adultery-related impeachment Clinton, had an affair when he was 41 while he and his girlfriend were both very much married. Her husband later said Hyde broke up his family.

9. Gary Bauer, "moralizing" Christian nationalist, experienced a mutiny when he was running for president when actual Christians on the staff of his 2000 presidential campaign quit in protest over Bauer’s “inappropriate” behavior with a 26-year-old deputy campaign manager.

As for vacation:

No doubt NFarce will now return for the usual 2 wrongs make a right contribution.

RE: Murdoch
By SPOOFE on 7/19/2011 3:49:13 PM , Rating: 2
How socially conservative of you to care about such things!

RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/19/2011 10:01:46 PM , Rating: 2
I took George HW Bush off the list since the claims were not substantiated. Fair and balanced!

I believe Robin Williams made a non-partisan remark about the fact that a man has 2 heads and is not capable of supplying blood to both simultaneously.

RE: Murdoch
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2011 11:05:58 PM , Rating: 2
Proving yet again that Republicans are held to a higher standard than Democrats.

There isn't enough space on this website to list all the transgressions we could find for them.

And do you know for a fact that these weren't reported or mentioned in Fox? NO, you're just assuming. Maybe do some research first.

But why should Fox drag Republicans through the mud anyway? There are 5 others networks doing that on a daily basis. You don't get to have their ratings by being a copy-cat.

RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/20/2011 12:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
But why should Fox drag Republicans through the mud anyway? There are 5 others networks doing that on a daily basis.

Now we even have rationalizations to not be "fair and balanced." Edward R Murrow eat your heart out.

Love your ethical thinking, which you obviously view as a shortcoming.

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