A Hacking attack on the Sun’s website has lead to thousands of people’s data being compromised.
News International who oversee the publication of the paper has emailed thousands of people to let them know that hackers have stolen their personal details and have posted them publically on the popular hacking site, Pastebin.
An email sent on Monday evening by the director of customer care for News International, Chris Duncan stated that “some customer information from competitions and polls was breached.”
Data stolen includes information from an Xbox competition, a Wrigleys football competition, a list of Scottish students as well as a forum for bullied people. Much of the information comprises of personal information including phone numbers and addresses. Lucky for the Sun however, “no financial or password information was compromised,” Duncan.
Duncan re-assured that News International is working closely with the police as well as the information commissioner “to ensure that all steps are taken to retrieve the files involved.”
Twitter has become the platform on which hackers appear to announce their work today, and this time was no different. Responsibility was claimed by the username Batteye.
It is unclear where Batteye is from however he has denied any association with the hacking group LulzSec which has suffered 3 arrests in the past few weeks in Britain.
LulzSec have 4GB of incriminating emails belonging to the Sun which last month they said they may never release. However with some of their members being arrested and a renewed interest in the Sun there is a real danger they may change their mind.