WE HAVE JOY WE HAVE FUN, WE HAVE MESSED UP MURDOCH'S SUN, tweeted LulzSec with its familiar tone, Tuesday evening.
The notorious hacker group seemed to have resumed its operation, 24 days after the hacker group called it quits.
On Tuesday, LulzSec targeted Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid The Sun, hacking the website and putting a fake article with the headline Media moguls body discovered, claiming Murdoch had been found dead in his garden.
Readers were then redirected to LulzSec's Twitter page that reads,
TheSun.co.uk now redirects to our twitter feed. Hello, everyone that wanted to visit The Sun! How is your day? Good? Good!
Parts of the fake story reads:
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.
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.
The last paragraph has an obvious reference to the LulzSec mascot: LulzSec
News International said it was aware of the breach but declined to comment further.
Later, LulzSec followed up with more tweets, such as;
How'd you manage to stab yourself in the back, Murdoch? How'd you get your arms to bend back like that? You old bastard.
Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corp., has been on headlines lately following a phone-hacking scandal that forced News Corp. to close one publication, the News of the World, and prompted the exit of two top executives. News Corp. journalists have allegedly hacked into cell phone voice mail of celebrities, members of the royal family, politicians, child murder victims, and people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The online breach came a day before the embattled Murdoch was scheduled to appear before British parliament on Tuesday to answer questions about the phone-hacking scandal. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has also commenced an investigation into the scandal.
It is thought the Times website and the News International corporate website were taken down by the company as a precaution on Monday evening, reports BBC.
During its 50-day hacking spree in May and June, LulzSec hacked PBS, Fox News, Sony, Black & Berg Cybersecurity Consulting, Pron.com, Bethesda Game Studios, and various other gaming entities.
The collective is also credited as one of the major contributors to Anonymous' ongoing AntiSec campaign.
LulzSec did not clarify why it had resurfaced to attack News International, nor whether the attack marked a true return or simply a one-off protest.
BBC technology reporter Iain MacKenzie commented on the breach, saying the attack on The Sun was in line with the hacker group's hacktivist ethos, with the combination of a mischief-making news story, and a target that is viewed as being involved in corporate wrongdoing.
Thank you for the love tonight. I know we quit, but we couldn't sit by with our wine watching this walnut-faced Murdoch clowning around, tweeted LulzSec. The group also shared a comic strip in Twitter:
Arrest us. We dare you. We are the unstoppable hacking generation and you are a wasted old sack of shit, Murdoch. ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER! said LulzSec.
The hacker group's Twitter account has gained over 320,000 followers to date.