The Sun website faces data breach

User data belonging to thousands who entered competitions on website may have been stolen

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The Sun website faces data breach Thousands of users of The Sun newspaper website may have had their data stolen in an attack that happened on 19th June.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 3, 2011

Data belonging to thousands of people who entered competitions on the website of the the UK newspaper The Sun may have been stolen in the hack that shut down the site for several hours on 19th July, according to the BBC.

News Group Newspapers, the group that owns The Sun newspaper has revealed that some user details, including applications for the Miss Scotland contest, have been posted online.

The company said it had reported the matter to the police and the Information Commissioner.

"We take customer data extremely seriously and are working with the relevant authorities to resolve this matter. We are directly contacting any customer affected by this," read a statement from News International, News Group's parent company.

The stolen data is believed to include names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses and phone numbers.

News Group has said that no financial or password data was compromised.

The names and mobile numbers of 14 applicants for the 2010 Miss Scotland contest were posted on document sharing site Pastebin.

The document also included lengthy biographies written by the women, outlining why they should be selected.

LulzSec claimed responsibility for the attack,, which resulted in users trying to access the website being redirected to a fake news story about Rupert Murdoch's death.

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