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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 robinthakur on 7/20/2011 8:40:28 AM , Rating: 2
So you would categorise a group of people who are against the teaching of evolution, want to stop loving gay couples getting married, plus would rather see the United States default on its soverign debt to the world as anything other than crazy?

Fox News has really been shown up for its absurd spin on the news by virtue of the fact that its coverage of the News International trouble has been absent almost entirely since the story broke. Phone hacking of murdered children's mobiles? Bribing the police to find information on said mobiles? Using the services of proven criminals and leaving a trail of mysterious deaths in their wake. Powerful and shadowy links to politicians? The Murdochs being hauled in front of Parliament to answer questions under penalty of prison? None of this was reported on Fox News. So much for the facts...all you get is a far-right viewpoint which verges on the fascist and is certainly racist in many cases.

You are right about the BBC offering excellent coverage, however. Contrast this to Fox News's output and notice where they differ.


RE: Murdoch
By KoS on 7/20/2011 12:20:47 PM , Rating: 2
You are lying through your teeth. Which is to be expected from people who are blind haters and love to project on to others.

Fox News has/is reporting on this!! I've heard it multi times a day on the top and bottom of the hour news presented by Fox on the radio. They even mention News Corp is the parent company of Fox. So, they are telling the story and not hiding the fact of their ties to the parent company.


RE: Murdoch
By YashBudini on 7/20/2011 1:20:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah his US tabloids also reported the story, but look at what page number. Ooops, I meant to say numbers.


RE: Murdoch
By KoS on 7/21/2011 3:28:53 PM , Rating: 2
So what...they did report on it, no?

Nothing new there, just like the NYTimes, USAToday and Reuters buried their stories on the Bush recount. Guess what, they went down to FL and determined Bush did actually win FL. But buried the story deep into the pages.

Now, if someone just reads the frontpage instead of the entire news section. Then that is their own fault for being ignorant.


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