LulzSec will not publish hacked News International emails

LulzSec says it will not release hacked emails from Rupert Murdoch's News International so that it will not compromise ongoing investigations.
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor

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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