LulzSec will not publish hacked News International emails

LulzSec will not publish hacked News International emails

Summary: LulzSec says it will not release hacked emails from Rupert Murdoch's News International so that it will not compromise ongoing investigations.

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LulzSec says the 4GB of archived emails it stole from Ruper Murdoch's News International will not be released, for now anyway.

Only days after the group hacked The Sun newspaper's website -- a tabloid owned by Murdoch's News International -- replacing the site with a fake story purporting Murdoch's death, this was only a small attack compared to the email hack claims made yesterday.

For fear of compromising a series of governmental and parliamentary inquiries, along with an extensive Scotland Yard investigation in the British capital and across the pond by the FBI, LulzSec will not be making the emails public.

One can see the funny side to sending illegally hacking News International emails to media outlets, for which will then write about illegal hacking in their own publications. Oh, the irony.

The 4chan inspired group Anonymous is said to be "assisting" LulzSec in a number of operations, including attacks against News International websites.

This comes only days after members of Anonymous were arrested on both sides of the Atlantic, in the U.S. and in Europe.

The FBI wanted to "send a message to the hackers" in that though hackers may be socially minded and want to contribute to wider positive gains, "it's entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts".

LulzSec and Anonymous, however, responded after seeing the article published in NPR in a joint statement.

In response to a number of "unacceptable" behaviours pointed out by the authorities to the LulzSec hackers, the statement highlighted its own thoughts on the matter.

The three bullet points consider "governments lying to their citizens" and "corporations aiding and conspiring with said governments"; a slight towards British prime minister David Cameron and former PM Tony Blair both having "relationships" with Rebekah Brooks and News International.

Whether this is merely a brief war of words, or whether this sets out the plans for the future for the joint operations of LulzSec and Anonymous, it is not clear.

What is, however, is that LulzSec -- since 'disbanded', but brought back from the fifty day tenure in light of the News International phone hacking scandal -- is that this is for social justice, and not about the 'lulz'.

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  • RE: LulzSec will not publish hacked News International emails

    Let's hope that not hacking but public outcry and the power of the consumer to not buy dubious products or products from dubious companies may stop 'tabloid politics'.
    somereader
  • RE: LulzSec will not publish hacked News International emails

    I find it interesting, in light of the previous exploits (pun intended), that LulzSec won't publish these emails. I basically have two gut reactions:

    1. I wonder if the act of not publishing emails "that could compromise an investigation" is an attempt to "burry the hatchet" with the authorities.

    2. Perhaps they found something they "didn't like"... Think something similar to certain FanDroids' reactions to the recent patent ruling. (AKA how a blindly passionate group of people react when faced with a fact that doesn't' fit their world view.)

    Then again, I haven't had my coffee yet so I could be unduly cynical and the emails could be withheld for only the most pure and innocent of motives. Ha!

    As a side note, finally a Zack Whittaker article that is actually worth reading... despite the atrocious grammar. Zack, seriously, you claim to be a Honors Student. Learn to proof-read. You're giving the entire British university system a bad reputation.

    This one-sentience paragraph is especially egregious:
    "What is, however, is that LulzSec -- since disbanded, but brought back from the fifty day tenure in light of the News International phone hacking scandal -- is that this is for social justice, and not about the lulz."

    That said, thank you for FINALLY writing a useful article.
    eak2000
    • You gotta be kidding! The article above was totally useless!

      It contributed nothing to the discourse about the e-mail hacking, nor to the discussions regarding the hacking in the UK or the alleged bribing of people.

      This was a click-bait article, and admittedly, I fell for it, but mostly to reply to your post, which was just as useless as the article.
      adornoe