If you happened upon the PBS website late Sunday night, you may have been stunned by a report that claimed rapper Tupac Shakur is "alive and well" in New Zealand. Well, Shakur is still safely buried in the ground -- it turns out it was the work of hackers.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, a group called LulzSec claimed responsibility. In a statement posted to Twitter, it said it hacked the PBS site in protest of a recent "Frontline" documentary about Wikileaks.
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.
Shortly after midnight, LulzSec took to Twitter to spread the word about the phony story:
Dudes. Of course Tupac is alive. Didn't you see that official @PBS article? Why would they lie to their 750,000+ followers?
In addition, it posted passwords and email addressed of PBS staffers on Twitter.
Anyway, say hello to the insides of the PBS servers, folks. They best watch where they're sailing next time.
PBS also took to Twitter after discovering the breach. One staffer, Teresa Gorman, wrote:
Again, the story was added by outside sources-aka hacked, not true.
This is not the first time LulzSec has hacked a media company. Most recently it broke into Fox's system and posted email addresses, passwords and personal information of about 250,000 applicants to reality show "The X-Factor, Security Business Intelligence magazine reported.