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Hackers breached the security of Rupert Murdoch's Sun website and briefly redirected many visitors to a hoax article falsely claiming the tabloid media tycoon had been found dead in his garden. The hack caused many people visiting thesun.co.uk to instead reach www.new-times.co.uk/sun/, which contained a story headlined "Media …

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Anonymous Coward

I landed

I landed on the real website and wasn't sure if it was serious, a person with a nipple on their foot and a house of hell. Seriously, can't we use the sun as a way of finding people to put down?

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Gimp

ID clarification needed, facial error detected

"a person with a nipple on their foot and a house of hell"

Wasn't that Max Moseley?

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WTF?

How odd

I posted my reply to AC 23:46 @ 01:22 BST and it was published - that makes me wonder: who are the hobbits that man/woman/creature the ElReg comments desk after working hours? Spooky as fuck.

Are they the ones that come round and inject me with things after I've nodded-off? Are they the gremlins that put the noodles into my server boxes that I find sometimes? Is this all a Friday-night cider dream and tomorrow will be bright, sunny, warm and I'll wake up next to Col. Samantha Carter (more than likely it would be Rodney).

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Unhappy

Hobbits

>> who are the hobbits that man/woman/creature the ElReg comments desk after working hours? Spooky as fuck.

I fear the ruthless media barons who control El Reg may have cut costs by replacing our never-to-be-forgotten moderatrix* with a moderatorbot.

*It'll come to me in a minute.

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Re: How odd

The Reg have offices in San Francisco if memory serves.

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finding people to put down

that'll be you first then?

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IT Angle

Outsourced

I suspect (although the people moderating this will know for sure!) that a number of websites outsource the moderation of their discussion boards in the same manner as call centers.

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Happy

In place of the "put down"

May I suggest just providing free gifts with each paper, in the form of fizzy drinks or self-tan samples which contain drugs that cause sterility.

Your could probably write the known effects on the packaging, just to ensure you don't catch anyone with a functioning brain by mistake.

In ~20 years the country would be significantly smarter.

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In ~20 years the country would be significantly smarter.

Sounds like a good plan, but - do you you know Douglas Adams' story about the telephone hygienists?

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title

Problem, Murdoch?

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Mushroom

Hmm, www.thesun.co.uk isn't loading right now.

OpenDNS reports: The computers that run www.thesun.co.uk are having some trouble. Usually this is just a temporary problem, so you might want to try again in a few minutes.

Couldn't happen to a nicer steaming pile of crap!

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You are incorrect in this regard

It could indeed happen to a nicer pile of crap - The Daily Mail.

Perhaps a fake news story endorsing the health benefits of crack cocaine, or a review of Manhunt 2 written by a 6 year old?

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FAIL

Tango Down!

Or so it seams at the time of writing...

Fail? you bet, but in a much broader sense.

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They're certainly living up to their name... "Lulz" indeed.

On a serious note, working as I do in the security field, I find their antics to be both hilarious and also rewarding. Now I just have to say "Do you want us to be the next Sony / CIA / The Sun..?" to justify getting budget for anything remotely security-related, whereas in the past it was almost impossible to convince the non-techies who run my company to invest in security.

Long may this continue!

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Happy

Re: Title

You do realise that they are after the security industry and not the sites per-se I hope :).

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bofh?

I think he/she knew exactl what they were after - an increased budget for beer and robot building equipment.

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@I somehow doubt

"these morons have just destroyed a ton of potential evidence against Murdoch and his empire: anything incriminating in the email servers can just be blamed on these hackers."

Oh come on!

(1) You seriously think NI have not been purging their own servers, etc, since this all started to happen a few years ago?

(2) If they had not purged so far, what about off-site backups?

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@@I somehow doubt

I think the point was, that they now have plausible deniability, in that they can claim that some outside agency planted incriminating evidence on their servers and hacked the logs to make it look like old data.

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@Edward Kenworthy

Thanks for telling me what my job doesn't entail... you clearly know more than me about what I do (or don't do) as a career.

The point I was making, which you seem to have either missed or chosen to ignore, is that high profile cases such as this work in my favour by making it easier for me to get budgets which were previously allocated to other projects.

When talking in a work-related context - which hopefully you had noticed I was doing - I couldn't care less about the falling of Murdoch's empire, as it has no real relevance on my day-to-day work. But I have been using his company's misfortune as a real life example of what can happen to other high-profile companies... I would be stupid not to.

As you appear to know so much about my career, you're already aware that I work for a company that is as prevalent within British society as News Corp is. I don't claim to know whether any of my colleagues have done anything as morally dubious as Murdoch's employees - I sincerely hope not, but I have no way of knowing that.

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Sun

Can't see this as positive, at all.

No one else's business what newspaper or news/sport/entertainment/comic I choose to look at. A few dozen people imposing their will on a few million, very unpleasant.

Don't like the state or little groups (not so keen on big groups either) restricting access to media and communication.

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Joke

Normally I'd agree with you

but The Sun doesn't qualify as "media and communication." ;)

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WTF?

with a few dozen people

I guess you mean Murdoch and his merry band ?

indeed it is frightening to see how they can decide what you can look at.

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i thought

> A few dozen people imposing their will on a few million, very unpleasant.

You were talking about the News International board of directors there.

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Mind control...

Derr. So you think NI is somehow hypnotising millions of NI newspaper purchasers to CHOOSE to spend their money and DECIDE to buy a NI paper, then read from it? Or these Sky customers are hypnotised to CHOOSE to buy a Sky box and then choose to subscribe to channels.

I CHOSE never to buy, or even read, the NOTW. I CHOOSE to have a Sky box. At least that way, I can watch US cable TV, which is not censored by leftist so-called impartialtity laws.

Now the real broadcaster imposed without choice on its viewers/listeners/readers is the BBC.

Forceably paid for out of citizen's wages, who have little say on the bias, or on what the large amount of money raised is spent.

The BBC is the real scandal, not NI.

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FailTroll

Indeed.

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Anonymous Coward

You could always

Not watch TV and then you don't have to pay for a TV license. A shocking idea I know but give it a try and you might find you enjoy life more.

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Karma

Karma is a wonderful thing. The hackers become the hackees. Allegedly they have emails and other goodies to release as well

It seems NI went scorched earth and took down every single NI UK based website

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Even The Sun Manages Better Grammar

Obviously bogus - the missing possessive apostrophe is a dead give away. Unless there's more than one mogul being found dead that is. One lives in hope!

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I don't think the validity of the story is important.

The success comes in the fact that they hacked a major NI paper.

Just for the lulz.

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Actually

Given the journalistic quality of The Sun, surely the missing apostrophe is an attempt to add authenticity?

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Pint

Indeed

The NI hacks might manage better but would your average Sun reader even notice?

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Happy

I shouldn't be supporting "cybercriminals", but...

Brilliant pwn.

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Anonymous Coward

Yo ho ho

all aboard the louise boat

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All-female band?

How is Ms. Boat these days?

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Mushroom

Lulz? This goes beyond lulz.

The episode gave me a schadenfreudengasm.

(Props to John Oliver for that neologism.)

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@Peter Murphy

'Fuckyoulogy' is another one of his. For when Murdoch does actually go.

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WTF?

Publishing complete bollocks in The Sun?

So Lulzsec have sunk to the level of NI hacks then?

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Obviously a hoax stage-managed by News International...

... to distract us from the more interesting things happening today.

Who reads The Sun anyway? I thought most of it's purchasers bought it for the pictures?

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Yes and no

It's bought for pictures by people that will have forgotten what's on the front page by the time they reach the sports section. Having said that, I heard from people in the betting business that the sports section is worth suffering the rest of the paper, but that was a few years ago (no, I don't bet - I just come across many interesting people).

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RE:Yes and no

"no, I don't bet - I just come across many interesting people"

As opposed to the average Sun reader where it would be page 3?

Paris, need I say more?

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Pint

They've done a lot more than that

At this point the DNS servers ns0 and ns1.newsint.co.uk are down and domains including times.co.uk, sunday-times.co.uk, newsinternational.co.uk, thesun.co.uk, and rupertmurdoch.co.uk do not resolve. Even when they do, the servers are just responding with errors.

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Not just The Sun

They have also taken down the website the Times - times.co.uk, and two other News International websites newsint.co.uk and newsinternational.co.uk. At least at the time of writing this comment..

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Website

times.co.uk isn't the website of the newspaper it is thetimes.co.uk. times.co.uk is owned by Giant Games Ltd.

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Anonymous Coward

Would love to test this myself...

...but don't want to accidentally see The Sun's website.

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We hereby challenge...?

Pompous pseuds.

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You think?

I don't know if I'd be all that convinced that incriminating emails on a mail server had been planted by someone hacking a CMS (or whatever got hacked) probably located on different servers in a different datacentre, possibly on a different continent.

Mind you, I'm no judge. Who knows what they'll believe...

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If...

...a multinational organisation like News Corp doesn't have off-site backups and archiving then the whole lot of them should be confined to a child-safe playroom for their own protection, because they are surely too retarded to be trusted around open power sockets, sharp edges and stairs, and small objects they may choke to death on.

Putting my lame attempts at claiming the News Corp executives are a bunch of retarded babies aside, I can guarantee that they do have a clean copy of all emails, because they'd be royally screwed if they didn't. They are legally required by multiple laws, regulations and acts in both the UK and US (given News Corp spans both jurisdictions) to preserve such information and present this information to authorities or the courts when ordered to do so by a court order.

The argument "Lulzsec ate my homework" isn't going to prevent serious repercussions if they haven't complied with such data retention laws.

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Go

C'mon, stop kicking them when they are down...

...use a spade instead...that way you can dig the hole and bury them.

I hate "hacking" when it exposes innocents to risk, but in this case, they are saving the "innocents" from themselves....

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