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Anonymous Hack The Sun Front Page With Fake Murdoch Death Story

THE hackers have been hacked. Hacking group LulzSec – blamed for hacking the CIA and Sony earlier this year – have turned on News Corp and hacked the front page of the Sun Online with a fake story about Rupert Murdoch’s death. LulzSec and related hacker group Anonymous also claim to be sitting on a gold-mine of emails they’ve stolen from News Corp detailing illegal dealings inside The Sun and The News of The World. They threaten to release them tomorrow. 

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Posted: 18th, July 2011 | In: Technology | Comments (6)

Times Exec Blames MumsNet For Bringing Down News of the World – You Couldn’t Make It Up

The Executive Editor of the Times blamed blogging middle-class mothers for the death of The News of The World in an angry interview on Channel4 News this evening. 

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Posted: 9th, July 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comments (6)

Last Space Shuttle To Take Off Unmanned To Discourage Alien Invasion: Photos

THE space shuttle Atlantis is on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is scheduled to take off for the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA. On board will be pilot Doug Hurley, mission specialist Sandy Magnus, commander Chris Ferguson and mission specialist Rex Walheim.

What next for the Space Shuttle. Well, it could be a holiday destination for anyone keen to spend millions for the privilege of spending hours and hours in their cabin.

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Posted: 8th, July 2011 | In: Technology | Comment

Hackers Hit PayPal On Twitter: Now To Break Into The News Of The World’s Phones

HACKERS have brought down PayPal’s Twitter site. PayPal is, of course, “the safer, easier way to pay.”

The hackers altered the strap line to say:

‘The official twitter account for the fail team at PayPal UK.”

The hackers then tweeted directions to a site called and the message:

“All your paypal accounts are now frozen while we clean up this mess.”

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Posted: 6th, July 2011 | In: Technology | Comment

Sweet Angelic Ronan Peake Led an Innocent Childhood in Norwich, Far Away From Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell has called in the police to get heavy with the anonymous blogger who suggested Simon Cowell had been grooming British Bieber-alike Ronan Parke for Britain’s Got Talent stardom. 

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Posted: 5th, July 2011 | In: Technology | Comment

Obama Not Assassinated After All, but the Hackers Are Going For Rupert Murdoch

MORE -err- jokes from the hacking community, as the Fox News Twitter account was hacked and posted four tweets informing the nation that Barack Obama had been assassinated.  

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Posted: 4th, July 2011 | In: Technology | Comment

Supreme court takes time out to consider how sick and twisted fairytales really are: Violent game ban overturned

The US Supreme Court decided last night that under-18s should be allowed to buy violent video games by overturning the state-wide ban in California.

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Posted: 28th, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment (1)

Chinese teenager offers up virginity for an iPhone 4

A CHINESE woman has offered to sell her virginity in return for an iPhone 4.

The teenager from Guandong she’d have sex with whoever bought her the smartphone, after her dad refused to buy her one.  She made the announcement on the Chinese version of Twitter – Weibo, also taking out an ad with pictures of herself. People on the net have suggested she waits till September when the iPhone 5 comes out.

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Posted: 28th, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment (1)

Clean Cut ‘Hacking’ Genius Ryan Cleary Is The Pride Of British Youth: We Should Cherish Him (Photos)

RYAN Cleary has left Southwark Crown Court after being released on conditional bail. The 19-year-old Essex lad is accused of taking part in a conspiracy to attack websites including those of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the British Phonographic Industry. It’s all terrible, of course. Tsk! Naughty boy.

All that talk of cyber crime from China and shadowy regimes and Ryan Cleary allegedly hacks into the big UK databases and showboats online. He’s 19. Thats old enough to fight for your country in Iraq, Afghanistan and GCHQ. Just saying…

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Posted: 27th, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment (1)

Glastonbury: ColdPlay, Beyonce And Donald’s Hot Dogs Have Own Wireless Networks At Glastonbury

AT Glastonbury, ColdPlay, Beyonce, the artists, the press and Donald’s Hot Dogs have their own wireless networks.

News International staffers at the big music festival are advised to always carry their devices that receive 3G signals lest some sneaky type of cove use detection equipment to find the gadgets and nick them. Hey, these villains might even acceess the data on your Blackberry or iPhone and get a story.

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Posted: 23rd, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment

Ryan Cleary’s Alleged Target: The Music Industry

TEEN hacker and LulzSec member Ryan Cleary targeted the music industry said police today. Maybe because they stopped him downloading some of that heavy metal music he loved

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Posted: 22nd, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment

Ryan Cleary’s bedroom: Why You Shouldn’t Put Tinfoil Over Your Windows

IF YOU don’t want the Daily Mail to call you a nerd-terrorist with mental health problems – don’t put tinfoil over your windows. It looks bad when the fuzz storm in to arrest you for hacking multinational corporations.

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Posted: 22nd, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comments (7)

Hacking Teen Ryan Cleary ‘Liked Heavy Metal’ Had “Dimly-Lit Bedroom” – Obviously A Cybercriminal

NEWSPAPERS rushed to trash the 19 year old Ryan Cleary as a geek, nerd and heavy metal fan. Arrested for the biggest hacks in internet history including the CIA and Sony, papers pulled out every teen nerd stereotype going to explain the incredible story of the guy who took on the CIA from Essex. 

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Posted: 22nd, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comments (8)

Ryan Cleary – The Hackers Hacker: Everything You Need To Know About Alleged LulzSec Hacker (Photos)

RYAN CLEARY has been arrested at a property on South Beech Avenue, Wickford, Essex. The 19-year-old has been pinched as as part of a Scotland Yard and FBI probe into LulzSec, a group claiming responsibility for hacking attempts on the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, the US Senate and the CIA.

In May 2011, Cleary was named by The ‘Anonymous’ as the person responsible for breaching two of its own sites. He was, allegedly the hacker who hacked the hackers.

A post on the AnonOps site went:

“We regret to inform you today that our network has been compromised by a former IRC-operator and fellow helper named ‘Ryan’. He decided that he didn’t like the leaderless command structure that AnonOps network admins use. So he organised a coup d’etat.”

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Posted: 21st, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comments (2)

Teenager From Essex Commuter Town Arrested For Hacking CIA, NHS and Sony

We know there’s not a lot to do in Essex but – nineteen year old Ryan Clarey surpassed himself in making his own fun – he’s just been taken in for questioning by the police for hacks on Sony, the CIA and the NHS. That hack on Sony being the biggest theft of personal data so far in internet history.

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Posted: 21st, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment

The Internet Gets Ready For A Multiplayer Roleplay Game Based On Harry Potter

THE  magic of the Harry Potter franchise will meet the magic of online role play in a website that promises “electronic bulletin boards” and “real time interaction with other computer users”. We certainly can’t wait till the July 23rd release date! JK Rowling’s unveiling of has got all the web in a frenzy.

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Posted: 20th, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment

As 6million Facebook Users Leave: The Social Network Is Probably Over

Imagine a world without status updates from your friends, pictures of your cousin’s breakfast and the opportunity to give your personal data to multinational companies. News that Facebook just lost 6 million users in the US could make it come sooner than you think.

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Posted: 20th, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comments (3)

Obama Will Do His Own Tweets – Party Warns Him Not To Twitpic His Erections

NOW that he needs the votes, Barack Obama is promising to tweet more – himself. After a long period where even the underlings hired to tweet for his official account seemed to get bored by their own copied-and-pasted press releases, Obama is back on the social media warpath and is going to tell us some stuff, on Twitter.

While his speeches were widely admired, the Obama tweets – and Facebook updates – have been much less than inspiring. In fact, they’ve been really dull. Will Obama himself really manage to liven them up?

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Posted: 19th, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment

AOL Gives AOL Prizes At 15th Webby Awards: Photos

THE Webby awards bestow prizes on the best virals and brands  on the Internet. They will place what you like into a hierarchy that page views alone cannot satisfy. The freedoms of the internet is sponsored by the likes of AOL, Microsoft and Google.

The best writing prize was won by that upstart breakthrough act The New Yorker. It beat the ruby-cheeked likes of the New York Times, The Economist and Wired. The best blog business was won by… AOL and the Huffington Post, owned by… AOL.The best consumer electronics blog was won by Engadget – owned by… AOL. Google has the best corporate communication blog.

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Posted: 14th, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment

Facebook Decides Lesbians Are Offensive And Deletes Them: Justin Bieber’s Women Erased

AFTER taking out Kate Middleton, pictures of women breastfeeding and a Texan insolvency lawyer with the misfortune to be called Mark Zuckerberg – the latest victims of Facebook’s new purge are lesbians. Specifically, lesbians who look like Justin Bieber.

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Posted: 13th, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment (1)

My Social Tattoo: Facebook Addict Has 152 Friends Faces Tattooed On Body (Video)

IN this video called My Social Tattoo, a Facebook addict has the thumbnail faces of 152 Facebook Friends tattooed onto his arm.

Of course, he doesn’t know that 151 of them are just his mum trying to keep in touch. She got the photos from his old game of Guess Who? The other one is Gary Glitter, maybe…

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Posted: 7th, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment

Hackers Attack Sony Again – This Time Just For Lulz

HACKING Sony databases is turning into some kind of after-school activity. Just weeks after they lost millions of credit card details (2.2m at current count) – Sony have been hit by another hack- this time from a group known as LulzSec.

Claiming to be annoyed by the Sony’s poor data protection, they swiped the passwords of 1 million users of the Sony Pictures film-rental service in the US.

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Posted: 4th, June 2011 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment

Facebook Delete Unborn Baby

AMERICA is the last place you’d expect this to happen, what with all those groups banging on about The Rights Of The Unborn Child. But, it did, and Mark Zuckerberg is to blame.

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Posted: 3rd, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment

When Muthanna Aldebashi Met Joshua Kafman’s Computer: The Stolen Macbook Mystery

SO. Who is the guy who has Joshua Kaufman’s stolen Macbook – the one that went missing from his Oakland, California, apartment on March 21, 2011? The story goes that Kaufman had installed an app called Hidden that emables him to remotely turn on his webcam. He used it. And he saw photos of a man. to help him identify the Macbook’s new owner, Kaufman started a tumblr site called the police got involved. And Muthanna Aldebashi has been arrested for possession of Kaufman’s property. Here he is:


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Posted: 3rd, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1)

Jimmy Wales Is Ready To Ejaculate For Wikipedia (Photo)

LIKE you, we’ve been looking at and wondering about those photos of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales that hang over his site.

Someone took a screen grab.

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Posted: 2nd, June 2011 | In: Technology | Comment