Hackers target The Sun
UK Tabloid hit by a series of attacks by hacker group LulzSec
Hackers have broken into the website of British tabloid The Sun, with visitors to the site being redirected to a hoax story about Rupert Murdoch's suicide.
Rupert Murdoch is the media mogul at the centre of the News of the World phone hacking scandal that is currently sweeping the UK.
The hacker group LulzSec, which claimed to have disbanded last month has claimed it carried out the hijack, via messages on Twitter.
"WE HAVE JOY WE HAVE FUN, WE HAVE MESSED UP MURDOCH'S SUN," read a Tweet on the LulzSec Twitter page.
Internet users trying to access thesun.co.uk were yesterday redirected to new-times.co.uk, which featured a story headlined "Media mogul's body discovered".
The story suggested that Murdoch's body had been found after he consumed large quantities of palladium.
"The Sun's homepage now redirects to the Murdoch death story on the recently-owned New Times website. Can you spell success, gentlemen?" read a Tweet from LulzSec.
After the hackers site was taken down, they then redirected users trying to access The Sun's webpage to the LulzSec Twitter account, which claimed to be displaying "hacked internal Sun staff data".
News International confirmed that they knew what was happening, but made no further comment.
LulzSec has previously claimed responsibility for attacks on FBI partner organisations, the CIA, the US Senate and a pornography website.
In the UK it also carried out a distributed denial of service attack on the Serious and Organised Crime Agency website.