LulzSec Hacks ‘News of the World’ and ‘The Sun,’ Plants Fake Murdoch Death Story

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It looks like LulzSec are back at it again, and this time they have News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch in their crosshairs.

The off-again, on-again hacking group has just announced via Twitter that they have hacked two Murdoch-owned publications in the United Kingdom: The recently shuttered News of the World and daily tabloid The Sun.

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The reason for the attack likely concerns widespread reports of News Corp. media companies hacking into civilian cellphones unauthorized. The hacks come in light of a report stating that News of the World whistleblower Sean Hoare was found dead in his apartment earlier today.

At the time of writing this, The Sun bears a fake headline and article on the homepage trumpeting the death of the News Corp. owner. “Rupert Murdoch, the controversial media mogul, has reportedly been found dead in his garden, police announce,” reads the tagline (pictured down below).

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The fake article goes on to state:

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.”

The story is accompanied by a web comic at the bottom with LulzSec’s moniker.

Further hacks haven’t yet been revealed, but according to a tweet: “that story is simply phase 1 – expect the lulz to flow in coming days.”

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Chris Gayomali is a writer-reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @chrigz, on Facebook, or on Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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