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By Kevin Poulsen
July 18, 2011
They're back. The hacker gang LulzSec, after declaring retirement last
month, cracked the Rupert Murdoch -- owned New Times on Monday and used
it to host a fake news story declaring that the embattled media mogul
had been found dead at his home.
The web defacement took the form of a mock article from Murdock's The
Sun, with the headline "Media moguls body discoverd" [sic]. The text
goes on to claim falsely that Murdoch "ingested a large quantity of
palladium before stumbling into his famous topiary garden late last
"We have owned Sun/News of the World -- that story is simply phase 1 -
expect the lulz to flow in coming days," the group announced on its
At the same time, some visitors were redirected from The Sun's home page
to the fake story, which appeared to have been blocked within an hour.
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