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Hackers Attack The Sun Website In Apparent Retaliation Over Teen Arrest

Unknown hackers have apparently swamped the website of News International's popular newspaper The Sun and a server used to produce content for The Times using a textbook distributed denial of service.

Although many have accused hacking group Lulzsec of being behind the attack, the entity has yet to publish any statement as they would usually do after any high profile assault.(ed: after this article was writtten, Lulzsec posted on its Twitter account "Clearing up yet more failed attempts at framing: we didn't attack The Sun or The Times in any way with any kind of DDoS attack.")

Yesterday however, Lulzsec's official Twitter account contained two posts relating to the UK's most read newspaper with the second one saying "The Sun is the shittest UK publication in existence: How many times can you use "geek" and "nerd" in one article?"

A source told the Daily Telegraph (opens in new tab) that computers based in Russia were behind the incident and were used in the DDoS attack early on Wednesday morning.

The source added that they were aware of "certain organisations" which were targeting news organisations. It is not known whether the attack was linked to the arrest of Ryan Cleary, the 19-year old former Anonymous member.

The attack did not disrupt the production of The Times or stop access to The Sun's website although the website slowed down somewhat.

As for Cleary, he is apparently co-operating with the London Metropolitan police and other authorities as they try to piece together the cyber attacks that have hit the likes of the FBI, the CIA and the UK's SOCA.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.