Hackers last night (July 18) targeted the Sun’s website and put up a false story announcing the death of Rupert Murdoch.
The group behind the attack, Lulzsec, also redirected all traffic to its Twitter feed.
Visitors to the site were greeted by the headline ‘Media moguls (sic) body discovered’ – a story that alleged Murdoch had ‘ingested a large quantity’ of radioactive palladium, before ‘stumbling into his topiary garden’.
On Twitter, LulzSec also claimed to have hacked into email accounts and began posting what appeared to be passwords to individual email addresses as well as mobile numbers for editorial staff.
People trying to access the Sun website were directed to new-times.co.uk, a News International-owned domain.
The group gloated of their success last night, tweeting: “The Sun’s homepage now redirects to the Murdoch death story on the recently-owned New Times website. Can you spell success, gentlemen?”
The hackers did not explicitly say why they hacked the site, but various tweets suggested it was linked to the phone hacking scandal.
It remains to be seen whether this will be the last of the action after the group tweeted: “…expect the lulz to flow in coming days.”