PBS hacked by LulzSec: Lulz Boat Sailed, PBS Failed

Hacktivists from LulzSec wreaked havoc and cracked open PBS servers and posted a bogus news story on PBS Newshour website that Tupac is alive in New Zealand.

Sunday night, after the Public Broadcasting System aired a documentary on WikiLeaks, displeased hacktivists from LulzSec sailed its "Lulz Boat" to PBS servers. The group posted a bogus news story to the PBS's Newshour website, claiming that reports of rapper Tupac Shakur's death in 1996 had been grossly exaggerated. In fact, the news stated that Tupac had been found "alive and well," living in New Zealand . . . and so had rapper Biggie Smalls.

Perhaps Lulzsec knew that, according to privacy expert Frank Ahearn, New Zealand would be a great place to start a new life after faking your own death. Maybe the rappers were selected due to Memorial Day? Or perhaps the hacking group was simply super ticked with the "unfair" portrayal of Julian Assange and solider Bradley Manning during PBS Frontline's hour-long documentary, "WikiSecrets."

In a tweet, the group said, "@LulzSec hacks @PBS compilation for press and newcomers: http://pastebin.com/B3gmw5NS Wham bam thank you ma'am. Don't f*** with us, #PBS."

According to a statement by LulzSec:

Greetings, Internets. We just finished watching WikiSecrets and were less than impressed. We decided to sail our Lulz Boat over to the PBS servers for further... perusing. As you should know by now, not even that fancy-a** fortress from the third shi**y Pirates of the Caribbean movie (first one was better!) can withhold our barrage of chaos and lulz. Anyway, unnecessary sequels aside... wait, actually: second and third Matrix movies sucked too! Anyway, say hello to the insides of the PBS servers, folks. They best watch where they're sailing next time.

The group, which says it is not a part of Anonymous, also posted passwords for PBS servers, including MySQL, Frontline logins, leaked SQL database and lots of other cracked and leaked information. Here is a copy of the Tupac still alive in New Zealand story as it appeared on the PBS Newhour site.

The fake story read:

Prominent rapper Tupac has been found alive and well in a small resort in New Zealand, locals report. The small town - unnamed due to security risks - allegedly housed Tupac and Biggie Smalls (another rapper) for several years. One local, David File, recently passed away, leaving evidence and reports of Tupac's visit in a diary, which he requested be shipped to his family in the United States.

"We were amazed to see what David left behind," said one of sisters, Jasmine, aged 31. "We thought it best to let the world know as we feel this doesn't deserve to be kept secret."

LulzSec left the image below for PBS.

Meanwhile PBS NewsHour's social media staffer Teresa Gorman had confirmed on Twitter that the Tupac story was false and that PBS had been hacked.

This is a segment from the Frontline WikiSecrets special documentary that set LulzSecurity off. You can judge for yourself if you believe it to be biased or not against WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning.

Watch the full episode. See more FRONTLINE.

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