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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: Obviou#@* it was swamp gas
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2011 4:41:06 PM , Rating: 0
It will get blamed on a drug overdose, and the public will believe it.

And you know for a fact this isn't the case?

Drug users are weak minded because they are escaping from something. Being a whistle blower puts you under tremendous pressure. Remember, the entire company has been shut down because of this scandal that he brought forward. That is a LOT of pissed off unemployed people, most of which know him personally. He could have easily been threatened or harassed by some of these people and then OD'd. It's not uncommon at all.

I'm just saying, let's wait for some facts before assuming foul play happened here. You are sounding kinda tin foil hat-ish, just a bit.

RE: Obviou#@* it was swamp gas
By dark matter on 7/19/2011 6:41:37 PM , Rating: 2
The police claim it's not suspicious. This being the same police who were found to be taking bribes from the very company they are investigating and linked to this mans death.

You telling me that ISN'T suspicious...

The Tin Foil Hat excuse...

Kind of like the Terrorist and Paedophile excuse.

It's a little bit wanting in this case.

RE: Obviou#@* it was swamp gas
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2011 7:09:22 PM , Rating: 1
It's a little suspicious, but the timing is all wrong. Even Mick said his death has little impact on the investigation as this point. You ideally would kill a whistle-blower before he opened his mouth and disclosed everything. Killing him afterwards doesn't make much sense.

People don't always die when it's convenient. I just prefer to see the facts before I make a conclusion. Neither you or I were at the scene of the crime or are qualified to pronounce cause of death, after all.

As far as the cops taking bribes, can you give me a link for that? I don't normally read news about U.K cops on the take, you understand.

RE: Obviou#@* it was swamp gas
By liem107 on 7/19/2011 7:41:41 PM , Rating: 2
I would agree with you that it is theoricaly better to suppress a whisthleblower before he reveals everything...and that his death would probably not influence the investigation as far as we know... but there is still the possibility that he did not yet reveal everything and his death could have prevented the release of more inconvenient information.
Also a pathology report can only reveal the death was caused by overdose... but if there was no other suspicious element, it can not reveal who committed the overdose.

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