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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 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
quote:
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.

quote:
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.

quote:
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
quote:
TLDNR anyway.

That's what elitists do to inferiors.


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