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News Corp. confirms readers' information stolen in hack attack

August 2, 2011 |  4:16 pm

The Sun

Hackers broke into the website of News Corp.'s the Sun and stole information about its readers, the British tabloid confirmed.

A spokesperson for News International, the British division of News Corp., declined to say how many of its readers were affected, but Bloomberg News reported that information for about 800 people might have been stolen.

No financial information was taken, the spokesperson said, and the information stolen was personal details entered by users taking part in competitions and surveys sponsored by the tabloid.

"We take customer data extremely seriously and are working with the relevant authorities to resolve this matter," the spokesperson said. "We are directly contacting any customer affected by this."

The tabloid declined to say who may have been behind the attacks, but in mid-July, hackergroups Anonymous and LulzSec claimed they had stolen data from the Sun and its parent News International. The groups also said they defaced the Sun's website with a story about the death of News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch.

In May, LulzSec said it got hold of a database that included personal information of contestants of the Fox show "The X Factor."


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Image: A screen shot of the Sun's website. Credit: The Sun