News International publications targeted after hacker's arrest
Published 24/06/2011 | 05:00
Hackers have attacked computer servers belonging to News International in apparent retaliation for coverage of the arrest of Ryan Cleary.
The website of 'The Sun' newspaper and a computer used in the production of 'The Times' were targeted by hackers, who bombarded them with internet traffic in an attempt to make them crash.
The international hacking group LulzSec, of which police suspect Mr Cleary to be a member, has taken exception to 'The Sun's' coverage of the case since he was arrested on Monday.
LulzSec has also threatened a major attack on government websites today, using Twitter to promise a "major leak".
It came as Mr Cleary (19) was remanded in custody for further questioning by police as he appeared in court charged with five hacking offences.
News International declined to comment on the attacks on its servers, but a source says computers in Russia were used in the attacks.
The production of 'The Times' was not affected and the website of 'The Sun' -- described by LulzSec as the worst "UK publication in existence" -- was slowed down but did not crash at any time.
"We are aware that certain organisations are targeting news organisations," said the source.
Mr Cleary's mother, Rita, said her son had suffered mental and emotional problems since early childhood and attempted kill himself when he was just 10. (© Daily Telegraph, London)