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Sun Online Hack by LulzSec Would Be Funnier if it Were Better-Written

by | 19th, July 2011

CYBER-NERDS LulzSec who hacked The Sun website and put up a fake front page splash earlier this evening would do well to get some editorial talent in their team. The fake article detailing Rupert Murdoch’s suicide would definitely be funnier if it were better-written.

As it is, the account of Murdoch’s “suicide” by taking an overdose is gruesome and menacing. But it’s not really very funny. And any point they had to make about press freedom, responsible power or ethical journalism kind of gets lost in the details about how to cook up Palladium (a component of ecstasy) and how Murdoch died humping a topiary horse.

I for one, don’t see the LULZ. That timeless prose in full:

“Murdoch, aged 80, has said to have ingested a large quantity of palladium before stumbling into his famous topiary garden late last night, passing out in the early hours of the morning.
“”We found the chemicals sitting beside a kitchen table, recently cooked,” one officer states. “From what we can gather, Murdoch melted and consumed large quantities of it before exiting into his garden.”

Chemicals found in house

Authorities would not comment on whether this was a planned suicide, though the general consensus among locals and unnamed sources is that this is the case.
One detective elaborates. “Officers on the scene report a broken glass, a box of vintage wine, and what seems to be a family album strewn across the floor, containing images from days gone by; some containing handpainted portraits of Murdoch in his early days, donning a top hat and monocle.”
Another officer reveals that Murdoch was found slumped over a particularly large garden hedge fashioned into a galloping horse. “His favourite”, a butler, Davidson, reports.
Butler Davidson has since been taken into custody for additional questioning.

It’s quite like this little “joke” from the 4th July when LulzSec hacked another News Corp web property – the Fox News Twitter feed – and pretended Barack Obama was dead. Just for jokes of course.  Err, lol.

There’s a fine line between satire and death threats. I think LulzSec need to work out where that line is.

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