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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 Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2011 3:34:58 PM , Rating: 2
Can you take the "fair and balanced" and shove it up your ass, all up your ass? You know it's just a slogan, right? Not a legally binding contract. Correct? Being "right wing" doesn't mean you aren't being balanced. Taking the moderate view on everything doesn't mean that you are right or that it's being "balanced". America is a Conservative country founded on Conservative ideals, deal with it and move on. Or out.

I like how you pretend that the slogan is your main beef. As if calling themselves "right wing news" would indemnify themselves against your childish grudge and rantings. You can lie to me, but at least be true to yourself. You're a Socialist turd, Yash. Fox offends you to your core because it's the ONE outlet that doesn't tow the Democratic party line like everyone else does. Also the fact that they crush in the ratings just burns you up inside.

And half you idiots can't seem to separate the Fox News portion from the opinion talk show portion. Hint: O'reilly and Beck aren't on the "news". How many times do people have to point this out?

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Yeah well I did tell your extremist elitist cohort R77 to read The Economist


I like how you just assumed I don't read it. Yash, the day you could possibly inform me about something relevant that I don't know about is the day hell freezes over.

How gutless of you to insult me and call me out behind my back on a discussion I wasn't even part of. I'm not elitist or "extremist". I'm just a Conservative and you can't stand it.

You're just a name on a screen Yash, my core beliefs won't be shaken by you because you don't matter.


RE: Murdoch
By Iaiken on 7/19/2011 5:03:03 PM , Rating: 2
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You're just a name on a screen Yash, my core beliefs won't be shaken by you because you don't matter.


Funny, I thought it was because you have a dangerously closed mind and are unwilling to listen to reason or compromise... oh well...

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move on. Or out.


The typical "my way or the highway" rhetoric of the imbecile...


RE: Murdoch
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2011 5:15:40 PM , Rating: 2
My way or the highway? Wrong. If you don't like Fox News, there are 4 other major Liberal networks you can go to. There's nothing being forced here.

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Funny, I thought it was because you have a dangerously closed mind and are unwilling to listen to reason or compromise... oh well...


If this is true about me, it's also true for you. You haven't backed down or tried to see the other side of ANY discussion we've ever had. I'm sure in your mind this just means that I'm always "wrong", but for you to accuse others of not compromising is absurd. Do you realize what a hypocrite you're being by writing this?

Nice drive-by insult attempt though. I guess?


RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/19/2011 10:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
Definition of irony:

Reclaimer77 states:
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Nice drive-by insult attempt though.


Is it me or can't the person you're complaining about even hold a candle to what you do?

(More of your past comments can be reposted if your memory is going into selective failure mode. Again.)


RE: Murdoch
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2011 10:46:42 PM , Rating: 2
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Is it me or can't the person you're complaining about even hold a candle to what you do?


LOL you just aren't very bright are you? You're just now figuring this out!?


RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/19/2011 10:49:43 PM , Rating: 2
I am referring to sheer hypocrisy, and nothing else.


RE: Murdoch
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2011 10:59:33 PM , Rating: 2
Hypocrisy is saying one thing and DOING the other. It's not saying one thing and SAYING another. See how that works? :P


RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/20/2011 12:09:31 AM , Rating: 2
In this case hyprocrisy is criticizing ad hominem attacks while making them, as was always the case with you.

But elitists always live to a double standard.


RE: Murdoch
By dark matter on 7/19/2011 6:55:25 PM , Rating: 1
My God you're such a jerk.

Before you make yourself look even more of a prick, I suggest you go and find out what the allegations against News Corp actually are.

I couldn't give a fuck if it's left wing/right wing or the donkeys arse.

What this organisation has done is despicable. And I would imagine a right winger such as yourself (and me) would be aghast at some of the actions. You are all for law and order I assume??

If so, go and find out, and stop making yourself (and the rest of us right wingers) look like a bunch of fucking idiots.

This not an Apple/Android debate where you can spout shit. People have suffered due to News Corps actions you insensitive bastard.


RE: Murdoch
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2011 7:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
News Corp is gone, they are dead. Folded up shop.

And our discussion has NOTHING to do with News Corp anyway. It was about Fox News in the U.S. So what's your deal anyway?

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What this organisation has done is despicable. And I would imagine a right winger such as yourself (and me) would be aghast at some of the actions. You are all for law and order I assume??


Well yes, but again, our convo has NOTHING TO DO with this situation. Okay?

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People have suffered due to News Corps actions you insensitive bastard.


Hello? Again, wtf are you talking about? I'm not defending News Corp at all! We're not even TALKING about this!


RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/20/2011 12:14:55 AM , Rating: 2
If you don't see the relevence of Murdoch's efforts both here and abroad and how similar they are then you're the first.

A shining example of what I call premeditated ignorance.

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News Corp is gone, they are dead. Folded up shop.

Reference? One tabloid is gone, out of how many? Seriously, BatBoy is as famous as ever. No skin off his wings.


RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/19/2011 10:13:31 PM , Rating: 1
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If so, go and find out, and stop making yourself (and the rest of us right wingers) look like a bunch of fucking idiots.

Even the nutcase Bill Maher during an interview on TV last week had positive things to say about republicans like yourself. There must be more like you out there, why don't they speak out? The extremists here called me a Mormon for spouting ethics, what does that say about their ethics? One would hope it does not say that ethics no longer are part of conservative beliefs. Frankly many conservative beliefs make a great deal of sense, but the lack of self-policing is quite appalling.

Anybody in any party that puts their party before ethics and justice are not patriots, they're nationalists.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationalist

+1 for your comments. Thank you.


RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/19/2011 9:55:05 PM , Rating: 2
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Can you take the "fair and balanced" and shove it up your ass, all up your ass?

A rather strange recommendation from my point of view, since I always store fecal matter in that location.
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You know it's just a slogan, right?

Excuse me, but not long ago I said "your neck of the words" and you threw a hissy fit. You're in no position to state whether or not it's just a slogan. You took a statement far more arbitrary and tried unsuccessfully to turn it on its ear. This statement leaves little room for doubt what it means. If some TV station you disgreed with used it you'd being having a huge temper tantrum right now. You know it, and so does everyone else here.
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America is a Conservative country founded on Conservative ideals, deal with it and move on. Or out.

They were also founded on truth and justice, something you conveniently overlook whenever pubs like Ken Lay, Tom Delay, or Murdoch make glaring errors.
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deal with it and move on. Or out.

I'm dealing with it right here, bringing to light your cult follower extremism defending Murdoch. The reason I can state that is FitCamaro has mentioned there are better conservative outlets to obtain news information, but you're not really interesting in that, your main (in every discussion by the way) is to see how quickly you can put the big L on your forehead. Look at how often you call anyone who disagrees with you an idiot. Shall I repost them here? The sheer number is astounding, and even more hypocritical for somebody who cries every time they receive an ad hominem attack.

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Another ad-homenum attack by Yash.

If anyone else said it I wouldn't have so much ammo.

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And half you idiots...

God you really are an idiot, aren't you?

I think you people are idiots.

In layman terms, you suck and should shut up

Sorry, correction. You're just a moron

You're a MORON!

Seriously, ass, way to be a jerk and waste our time.

God you're a douche-bag.

You are retarded.

In short, Robert Gates is an idiot. (Of course you're much more knowledgeable and qualified than Gates.)

Like these above. Not an all inclusive list. Duh.

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I like how you just assumed I don't read it. Yash, the day you could possibly inform me about something relevant that I don't know about is the day hell freezes over.

There is no need to prove my point again. You don't care about the conservative POV, your main goal is to verbally conquer anyone and everyone by any means at your disposal.

Also - you didn't have the balls to state whether or not you've even heard of The Economist, let alone actually read it. It's almost like I went Katie Couric on you.

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Also the fact that they crush in the ratings just burns you up inside.

You seem to believe I cared that "Three's Company" was on the air for 7 years. I don't, you're fishing for a hook again. We're all well aware at the quantity of idiots out there. That's the reason newspaper articles have to be written to the 8th grade level and no higher. And you are so happy to point out, there are many more extremist lefty news sources. So the question is - If the number of news sources were equal, would Flock News be ahead?

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You're a Socialist turd, Yash.

Oh the big S card. I'm so shocked. Not really. Besides your hypocritical ad hominem attack (how many is that today?) you think you can upset me by using the S word, you, the one who never condemns corporate welfare (cough, oil, cough cough). More "fair and balanced", but don't worry, it's just a slogan I use. </rolleyes>

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How gutless of you to insult me and call me out behind my back on a discussion I wasn't even part of.

That's an infantile and empty position, this is public board. Behind your back. If anyone else would post something on the 'Net and expected privacy you'd be the first and foremost to scream "you're an idiot." Don't believe me? Check out your own quotes.

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I'm not elitist or "extremist".

Actually you have proven you are, in every manner possible. You condemn everything and everyone that doesn't agree with you. You've stated your beliefs are superior to others.

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Yash, let's get real here, it's a courtesy that I even respond to you as much as I do.

Was I suppose to bow? Feel honored?

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Time to move on, nobody cares what you think.

In your opinion, all others can just eat cake.

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And that's cherry picking!

Oooops I forgot, only you are allowed to do that.

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It's called Canada, and nobody lives there.

IE All Canadians are nobodies. Real classy. But honestly you only consider 50% of 310,000,000 in your class, and the remaining 6+ billion are all inferior to your kind.

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Well of course. We're better and stronger people.

That doesn't follow the "We The People....." stuff this country was founded on.


RE: Murdoch
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2011 10:16:41 PM , Rating: 2
LOL you have the memory and attitude of a scorned woman.

TLDNR anyway. Seriously, go write a thesis on me in private. Nobody here wants to read it.


RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/19/2011 10:31:35 PM , Rating: 2
Deflection failure.


RE: Murdoch
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2011 10:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
Dude your post is TWO pages long and, as flattering as that is, it's all about me. What exactly were you hoping to accomplish here? It's just really funny that you went and dug up all those quotes and you're so enamored with me.

You know I think I'm always right anyway and I'm not going to apologize or even feel the need to acknowledge any point you might trying to be making. You knew that before you typed that. So it just seems like a really big waste of time.

Deflection failure? Who's the one here that derailed this thread and made it about me, NOT the topic at hand? Just stick to the frigging topic Yash, and leave your dissertation about other members to yourself.


RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/20/2011 12:09:43 PM , Rating: 2
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it's all about me

Wrong, it's all about your Faux style techniques and double standards.

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or even feel the need to acknowledge any point you might trying to be making

The elitist looking down his nose.

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Just stick to the frigging topic Yash,

The topic is not what you say it is, it's about Murdoch and his money driven Soros-dwarfing propaganda via his
"fair and balanced" media machines. The fact you can't live up to all your hypocrisy was just icing on the cake.

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and leave your dissertation about other members to yourself.

Translation: Don't remind people of your double standards, facts are irrelevent. (Makes L on forehead again).


RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/19/2011 10:43:57 PM , Rating: 2
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TLDNR anyway.

That's what elitists do to inferiors.


RE: Murdoch
By LRonaldHubbs on 7/20/2011 6:17:52 AM , Rating: 2
Hey now, don't be so hard on Reclaimer. You have to understand, he's only like this because of his low TMI score.


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