London: In another blow to Rupert
Murdoch-owned News International, it has now been revealed
that personal details of thousands of people who entered
competitions on The Sun`s website had been copied by one or
News International, which owns The Sun, made the
revelation in an email sent out on Monday evening.
The hacked details are reportedly being posted on a
popular site among hackers for posting public messages
In the email, the director of customer data for News
International, Chris Duncan, says that in a hacking attack on
19 July - when a fake story claiming that Rupert Murdoch was
dead was planted on the site - "some customer information from
competitions and polls was breached".
Among the details are names, addresses, date of birth,
email and phone numbers.
"No financial or password information was
compromised," Duncan writes.
Duncan said that News International was working
closely with the police and the information commissioner "to
ensure that all steps are taken to retrieve the files
involved". In a statement, News International said: "We take
customer data extremely seriously and are working with the
relevant authorities to resolve this matter. We are directly
contacting any customer affected by this."
The personal published on a site called Pastebin
appear to have been released by a hacker who on Twitter calls
himself Batteye, reports said.
Batteye wrote on Pastebin that "Mankind makes
mistakes. Mankind is all the better for them. Mankind learns
from them. Some people, however, do not learn. Until these
people are pruned by natural selection, incarceration, or
otherwise, then mankind will not develop.
We will remain prey to the `malicious` type of hacker
that steals credit card information, or deletes voicemail
messages and pushing the victims family to grieve more for
their loved ones."
"This is unacceptable... 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