News International has sent emails to thousands of people who earlier visited the website of its newspaper The Sun, about a data breach which led to the leak of their personal information.
According to the International Business Times, News International sent out a large number of emails to warn people who participated in opinion polls and games on the website, that their personal information consisting of names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses and phone numbers has been copied from the website and leaked on public forums.
Chris Duncan, the director of the Customer Data division at News International has revealed that the data was compromised on the day the Sun’s website was hacked, July 19th, when a fake article about the death of media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, was published. Duncan also added that none of their transaction details had been affected.
The man believed to be responsible for the attack, going by the codename Batteye, has denied anything to do with the hacktivist groups Anonymous and LulzSec. Batteye has taken credit for the data breach and posted a message on Pastebin.
The message reads, “Mankind makes mistakes. Mankind is all the better for them. Mankind learns from them. Some people, however, do not learn. Until these people are pruned by natural selection, incarceration, or otherwise, then mankind will not develop.”