Visitors to the home page of the Dirty Digger’s trademark British tabloid got a little surprise today. Those hacker pranskters at LulzSec claim credit.
The details from Alexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch:
Looks like hacker group LulzSec is back in action, this time redirecting the homepage of the Murdoch-owned The Sunto a fake story about Murdoch’s death from a drug overdose located on the UK Time’s URL http://www.new-times.co.uk/sun. They then redirected The Sun’s homepage to the @LuzSec Twitter account. (The original page is archived at http://freze.it/pX)
From what I can see the fake story was meant to mirror an actual The Sun story about the latest development in the Murdoch/New Corp/News of the World scandal,“Ex News of the World journalist found dead.” After about 10 minutes of being up (and I swear the real Sun homepage was redirecting) the fake story was been pulled from the UK Times site. The redirect, I’m assuming because of volume of requests, is now being spotty. I’m including the full text of the story below:
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 late last night, passing out in the early hours of the morning.
“We found the chemicals sitting beside a kitchen table, recently cooked,” one officer states. “From what we can gather, Murdoch melted and consumed large quantities of it before exiting into his garden.”
Authorities would not comment on whether this was a planned suicide, though the general consensus among locals and unnamed sources is that this is the case.
One detective elaborates. “Officers on the scene report a broken glass, a box of vintage wine, and what seems to be a family album strewn across the floor, containing images from days gone by; some containing handpainted portraits of Murdoch in his early days, donning a top hat and monocle.”
Another officer reveals that Murdoch was found slumped over a particularly large garden hedge fashioned into a galloping horse. “His favourite”, a butler, Davidson, reports.
Butler Davidson has since been taken into custody for additional questioning.
Guess those reports last month of LulzSec’s demise were greatly exaggerated.
H/T to The Village Voice.