Notorious hacking community LulzSec claimed responsibility for the Monday night attack on UK's The Sun and Times Online. They also posted a fake story on the Sun homepage about Rupert Murdoch's death before it was removed.
The Sun and UK Times, owned by Murdoch's News Corp., were struck by LulzSec at around 6 p.m. ET and the site reportedly included an erroneous story about the demise of Murdoch. The story was quickly pulled and then the Sun site redirected to LulzSec's Twitter page.
The Sun and Times Online site are buggy as of early Tuesday morning - sometimes the websites connect, sometimes they don't. The damage has been done, and evidently these hackers wanted to do send a clear message to News Corp.
LulzSec's Twitter account commends the security breach and a tweet dares: "Arrest us. We dare you. We are the unstoppable hacking generation and you are a wasted old sack of shit, Murdoch."
LulzSec's feed also claim to have posted the mobile phone numbers of several Sun staff, such as Pete Picton, the Sun's online editor. Digital Journal has yet to verify the accuracy of these claims.
What exactly triggered LulzSec's return to data breaches "for the lulz"? Verified information is scarce, but the LulzSec tweets suggest the community was fed up with News Corp's phone-hacking scandal.
The other well-known hacking group Anonymous admitted its volunteers played a role in taking down the News Corp news sites, but LulzSec has made it clear they took the lead on this attack. So far, Anonymous has not argued with that assertion.
One Anonymous tweet playfully gloated: "We have joy we have fun we will mess up Murdoch's Sun."