Hackers crack PBS content system, publish report claiming Tupac is ‘still alive’

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, May 30, 2011 10:01 EDT
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U.S. public broadcaster PBS was attacked Sunday night by hackers who broke into their website’s content management system and published a fake report claiming that slain rapper Tupac was alive and well in New Zealand.

The hackers who claimed responsibility called their group “The Lulz Boat.” In a message published to their Twitter account, they claimed the attack was a response to the documentary “WikiSecrets,” which was aired last week by Frontline.

They published the login information for all of the PBS server administrators, reporters, Frontline employees and other staffers, along with login information for local PBS affiliate station websites. They also posted a graphic letting PBS know they’d been hacked.

In a statement explaining their actions, the hackers said they were “less than impressed” with the “WikiSecrets” film, adding: “They best watch where they’re sailing next time.”

WikiLeaks said the PBS Frontline documentary was slanted against the organization because it focused on opinions critical of them, excluding supportive voices.

They also suggested the program “tries to build an ‘espionage’ case against [WikiLeaks] founder, Julian Assange, and also the young soldier, Bradley Manning.”

The same group recently released the login information for a number of Fox.com employees and attacked a website owned by electronics giant Sony.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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