April 20, 2024

Hackers Disrupt PBS Web Site and Post a Fake Report About a Rap Artist

The PBS Web site briefly carried a fake article claiming that the famed rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and living in New Zealand after a group of hackers took over the organization’s computer systems on Saturday night.

In  addition to posting the fake news article, the group, which identified itself on Twitter as @LulzSec or The Lulz Boat, began posting passwords and e-mail addresses of people from a wide range of news organizations and other information belonging to PBS.

As late as 2:30 a.m. on Monday, PBS had still not regained control of its Web site as the hackers continued to post defaced pages.

Comments posted by LulzSec indicated that the group was unhappy with a Frontline program about WikiLeaks that was recently shown on PBS. The group began posting messages on Twitter about midnight on Sunday: “What’s wrong with @PBS, how come all of its servers are rooted? How come their database is seized? Why are passwords cracked?”  That message was followed by a succession of posts with links to lists of passwords and other data.

Shortly afterward, it appeared that PBS was aware of the intrusion and the news organization posted statements acknowledging the hack, and pointing out that the article about Tupac Shakur was a fake.

A NewsHour employee, Teresa Gorman, replied to questions on Sunday on the Twitter site, noting that the article about the rapper, who died in Las Vegas in 1996, was fake.

The article was posted at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday on the PBS NewsHour news blog, “The Rundown.”

The group posted a list of the material it had taken and a brief commentary: “Anyway, say hello to the inside of the PBS servers, folks. They best watch where they’re sailing next time.”

The group has attacked other media organizations in the last month, according to Secure Business Intelligence, including Fox News and the “X-Factor” television show.

Article source: http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=fd7939a7942908ad5ccb3125b8ac01e4

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