Despite announcing its retirement from the cyber crime scene less than a month ago, hacking group Lulz Security is evidently at it again, waging an attack on the website of News Corporation-owned newspaper the Sun.
The hacker group, popularly known as LulzSec, announced via Twitter that it "owned" the Sun by publishing a fake story on its website announcing the death of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch.
The story appeared on the home page of the website along with a fake photo of a forensic team investigating the supposed scene of the death and several images of LulzSec's logo.
On June 25, LulzSec announced that it was disbanding after wreaking havoc on the internet for 50 days. It is not clear what made LulzSec decide to come out of retirement, though the attack on the Sun's website likely extends from the recent publicity surrounding News Corp and allegations that the company was involved in several phone hacking activities. According to the Register, LulzSec also said it plans to release an email archive it obtained from the Mudoch-owned News International.
During its 50-day hacking stint through May and June, LulzSec made a name for itself for its brand of activism hacking, or "hacktivism." Upon announcing its disbandment, LulzSec indicated that it would join forces with fellow hacking group Anonymous. However, with the most recent incident, the group apparently is ready to strike out on its own again.
"We have owned Sun/News of the World – that story is simply phase 1 – expect the lulz to flow in coming days," LulzSec said on Twitter.
The return of LulzSec could be foreboding for companies and government organizations around the world. Though the hacking group has tended to strike out only against organizations it sees as doing some sort of wrong in the world, the attacks are very much at the discretion of its members. To date, the group has hit such organizations as the U.S. Senate, the CIA, Sony, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and several others.