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Hacker steals personal details of Sun website readers


By The Drum Team | Editorial

August 2, 2011 | 2 min read

Subscribers to The Sun website are being warned by publisher News International that their names and addresses may have been posted online by a hacker.

The embarrassing security breach affects thousands of individuals who have taken part in polls and competitions on the site and is believed to have taken place on July 19 – coinciding with the planting of a fake story proclaiming the death of Rupert Murdoch on the news site.

In the email News International’s director of customer data, Chris Duncan, wrote that names, addresses, dob’s, email and phone numbers have all been compromised but that “No financial or password information was compromised”

An anonymous Twitter user known as Batteye claimed responsibility for the attack, justifying the move by saying: “We will continue exposing the world for what it is; a less than perfect place where we cannot trust those who we ask to protect our information."

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