‘Media mogul’s body discovered.’ It was a shocking headline but a false one.
Rupert Murdoch’s flagship ‘Sun’ newspaper has been attacked by computer hackers who altered the front page to show a fake report about the media baron’s death.
Visitors to the site were redirected to the twitter feed of hacker group Lulz Security, which came to prominence after several cyber assaults on other prominent websites such as Sony, the CIA, and News Corp’s Fox TV.
“This operation is only at phase 1,” the group said, in between insults directed at the tycoon.
News International said it was aware of the hacking but did not comment further.
The Sun’s website appeared later to have returned to normal.
However it is possible that the hackers gained access to emails as a number of addresses and passwords have been tweeted.