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LulzSec's Sun email cache threatens to topple News International

LulzSec public mouthpiece Sabu has made further claims about a cache of emails pinched from News International, though it will not be unleashing them just yet.

It seems that with the bung-taking English police being just about the last people that can be trusted to conduct an enquiry into NI’s phone tapping, a group of hunted hacktivists could be the best hope for finding out the truth.

In a revealing interview for the secretive hacktivist, it was claimed a Chinese server is currently holding around 4GB of emails stolen from the Sun.

Following a high profile raid on the paper’s server at the height of the hacking group’s fame, Sabu himself claimed on Twitter that a load of emails had been pinched.

Though this was not verified at the time, Sabu again claimed in an interview on Reddit that these emails, along with a host of others, are indeed in his possession.

However, “due to timing”, the media savvy group will not be releasing the emails just yet.

Sabu claims that there is also information which was taken from HSBC and other banks, but there are “no smoking guns yet”.

Quite what Sabu is waiting for is unclear. Whether he will be behind bars when the time comes to release the emails is another matter for conjecture, particularly given a police operation to topple LulzSec.

Sabu claimed to be “past the point of no return”, saying that technically he is on the run and that it will be his “own friends” who will eventually take him down.

Ironically, the man who could potentially offer greater evidence in the corruption case against News International will likely get a longer sentence than any phone-tapping lackeys, should he be apprehended.

In the interview, there was a little more revealed about Sabu’s identity, giving further credence to claims that he is a 30-something New Yorker of Puerto Rican origin.

TechEye approached News International for its response to Sabu’s claims from Sabu, though we were told “News International declined to comment”.

As to NI’s response about if criminally obtained information gathered by LulzSec should be allowed as evidence, a spokesperson would only say that “we are cooperating with the police on this issue”.

Hacker reveals Miss Scotland hopefuls

Remember when hackers changed The Sun’s online lead story to a yarn about Rupert Murdoch dropping dead? News Group claims they took user data with them too.

News International’s customer data director, Chris Duncan, warned thousands of people that “some customer information from competitions and polls was breached,” writes the Guardian. He told users that no financial or password information had been compromised.

Among the breached data was the Miss Scotland contestant list, as well as a football competition sponsored by Wrigleys. 

Some details have been leaked to Pastebin, including a statement from someone identified only as Batteye. Batteye doesn’t appear related to LulzSec or Anonymous – but then, even LulzSec or Anonymous are not really related to LulzSec or Anonymous. 

The statement welcomes breaching corporate websites to expose how poorly cared-for customer information can be. It ends: “We will begin today be presenting to you, various files obtained from The Sun, a company within the News Corp group. We will continue, then, by exposing the world for what it is; a less than perfect place where we cannot trust those who we ask to protect our information.

“We will continue, until the list has been exhausted, or until the world and man kind realises that we must change how we go on.”

Rupert Murdoch alive and well despite Sun hack

The buzz at Wapping is that there’s only one thing that will take the phone hacking scandal off the front pages, and that would be the death of either Margaret Thatcher, the Queen, or both.

But the death of Rupert Murdoch would also change the nature of the game and last night hacker outfit Lulz re-engineered the front page of the Sun to report that he had been found dead in his garden.

He wasn’t found dead in his garden and instead will give evidence to a committee in the House of Commons today, along with his son James Murdoch and ginger-haired hackette Rebekah Brooks.

MPs, long the target of tabloid journalists, will have their chance to get their own back today by asking difficult questions of Murdoch, Murdoch and Brooks.

Meanwhile, David Cameron is scooting back from a trade visit to South Africa to show that while two senior coppers and Rebekah Wade has resigned, he has no intention of doing so himself.

The Sun hacked amidst NOTW whistleblower mystery death

Visitors to The Sun, or The Current Bun, will have noticed something bizarre while trying to fill their heads with the paper’s reaction to Sean Hoare’s mystery death.

Could it be the disbanded LulzSec? Anonymous? SwagSec? MurdochSec? MurdochSex? Whoever it is, the front page has automatically been redirecting to the URL new-times.co.uk. Here’s a screen grab of the faux article:

The page now displays an error.

Rupert Murdoch writes a letter to himself – the iPad is great!

Rupert Murdoch is talking to himself in his old age, telling himself that his paywalls will work and that he has nothing to worry about with an article appearing in News Corp owned The Australian and syndicated in his own Wall Street Journal quoting himself. iPads are the future. iPads are the future. iPads are the future.

In what is essentially a letter to himself and his staff, he said to The Australian that there are already tens of thousands of downloaded apps for The Wall Street Journal, The Times and The Australian on the iPad.  He reckons that bedmates Apple will sell over 40 million iPads by 2012, so there’s a definite market for putting his papers on tablet PCs. Rupes also said he’d be exploring other tablet PCs.

“The argument that information wants to be free is only said by those who want it for free,” Murdoch said of his paywall that recently went live in the UK. However The Digger has put up the rate for the White House to gets its Wall Street Journal subscription to $600,000. Not to do with offsetting lost dosh or anything like that, of course.

Since the iPad’s launch Rupert has made no secret of his love for tablet PCs. He was quoted several months ago saying paid press subcriptions are the way forward compared to Google aggregating and nicking all of his precious news, though in a sense the strict paywall is stopping his UK monopoly from getting his stories to spread virally through social notworking.

Times Tweeters such as columnist Caitlin Moran have microblogged defending the paywall – we’re paraphrasing but to the effect of the great unwashed complaining: “Waah, waah, we can’t get any more free news.”

But Google is trialling a similar service in Italy which has a far more flexible pay option so the Digger may be shaking a fist at ‘Ogle from the Aussie Outback yet.

When the iPad launched in the UK, The Times decided to dedicate half a page splash on page 3 not on the Lahore Mosque attacks at time of print, and not even carrying on its front page lead until pages 8 or 9, but to the iPad’s launch. There was thinly veiled advertising masquerading as copy promising that The Times’ “iPad Edition” would feature “beautiful picture galleries,” “spectacular interactive graphics” and claiming that “in other words, it will be the newspaper, but with even more.”

It then dedicated a double page splash starting page 18, another advert for The Times’ iPad app and a column bylined by Nic Fildes titled “Readers are willing to pay for best news sites,” shamelessly printed just to the right of the app advert.

And so the iPad, applications and News Corp outlets get promotion from one to the other, disguised as copy, in an effort to build up the paywall. News Corp papers are different enough in style for the casual reader to not bat an eyelid, but we have a feeling if James Murdoch wasn’t looking after The Sun on News’ behalf, it would fall over itself to run a man with news empire monopoly in bed with man with technology monopoly shocka. 

TechEye goes 3D in world first

Everywhere is going 3D crazy and here at TechEye we’re always on trend – that’s why we’re offering you, the readers, a chance to experience the wild, mindblowing visual experience of an entire 3D website, here, first.

3D-mania started recently with the critically acclaimed Nat Deverich 5-reel melodrama Power of Love in 1922. Since then the whole world has been thrilled every single day about the brand new craze, from our favourite Murdoch-owned movie outlet 20th Century Fox going worldwide with  James Cameron’s blockbuster hit Avatar, to our favourite Murdoch owned sports broadcaster Sky Sports showing football matches in full 3D to even our favourite Murdoch propaganda news vehicle The Sun now announcing it will have a completely 3D issue come the 5th of June.

Well, not to be left behind we’ve decided to pip all competition to the post and let loose THE FIRST EVER UK BASED TECHNOLOGY NEWS ONLINE PUBLICATION IN FULL, STUNNING, STEREOSCOPIC 3D.

And yes, we know you’re wondering if we’ll publish our Page 3 equivalent – currently this – in 3D. We’re excited to tell you that even our Page 3 equivalent will be mind-bogglingly three dimensional.

We are even offering the unique opportunity for TechEye subscribers to hear a podcast of their choice in true stereophonic sound while they browse our world first 3D website. All readers have to do is to purchase a set of stereophonic headphones and follow this link, not unique to TechEye, and listen to it while they have their minds blown by the NEW way to experience Visual Online Media (VOM).

Simply write to us on a postcard and we’ll have your 3D specs in the post, together with a second class stamp and an envelope you can choose to do whatever you want with.

NB – TechEye 3D does not support Internet Exploder

TechEye warns against online 'Meow Meow'

The families of two jaded tech hacks have spoken out about legal meme LOLcats to the Government, urging for it to be banned before more internet savvy hacks kill themselves.

John Hacke, father of tragic suicidal 32 year old Aaron Hacke, said it was shameful that ministers have not yet acted on the LOLcat meme. He told TechEye, “I’m convinced that because it’s legal, my son thought it was safe. However if the government had banned it maybe this death wouldn’t have happened.”

Publishing bosses are the latest to speak out against LOLcats, with Humbert Bumblebridge, head of Ragge Publishing, East Stevenage, voicing his concern. “Because LOLcats are legal, there is nothing we can do to stop the viewing of LOLcats at our publishing house. Sure, we can ban LOLcat websites from our in-house servers, but at the end of the day, our hacks can just go home and view LOLcats on their home computers.”

Home secretary Alan Johnson has come under heavy fire from the friends and families of the tragic LOLcat suicides as news came about that a government ban has been delayed by six months.

In another blow to the relatives, Lord “Tony Blairdelsome” admitted publicly that he had never even heard of LOLcats before.  He was made to say by TechEye although we have put some words into his gobby mouth: “I had no idea what a LOLcat was before today. However, now that it has been associated very tragically with the deaths of these two young hacks, we will look at it speedily and take any action needed.”

A top new media analyst said today that banning LOLcat memes would send “a clear message” to anyone considering pushing the retweet button.

A. Hacke and friend Aalfiyak Plaeyjurism both committed suicide shortly after having been exposed to the same LOLcat meme for the 6,000th time. Police are investigating. TechEye is urging readers to stay vigilant on behalf of loved ones and to steer clear of Facebook, Bebo, 4Chan, Something Awful, B3ta and Twitter in case of LOLcats.