No, Biggie and Tupac are not kicking it down under, living la vida Kiwi. But if you happened to be on PBS’s website last Sunday, you may have heard otherwise because a merry band of digital pranksters, LulzSec, hacked into PBS’ system and posted the false story.
LulzSec Hits PBS Over WikiLeaks Documentary
What set hackers on a destruction course for Sesame Street’s station? WikiSecrets, a Frontline documentary about the infamous whistle-blower site, WikiLeaks. Bradley Manning, the young U.S. Army intelligence analyst turned leaker, was the program’s focus. Julian Assange, the saucy white-haired creator of WikiLeaks (and well-respected hacker), was also featured.
Long story short, tnformation-reform activists felt PBS’s doc was biased and decided to respond with a little Lulz at the non-profit’s expense.
In addition to posting a few “Free Bradley Manning” pages and the previously mentioned Shakur-Smalls story, LulzSec got hold of PBS’ administrative passwords, phone numbers, and the master network map. The non-profit released a statement insisting PBS member data was not compromised. Instead, hackers on exposed administrative information stored on a station Intranet.
Since the PBS breach, the hacker collective has carried out several high-profile events — one of which targeted a branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta. The group has vowed to continue exposing major online security holes of the world’s top companies and government offices.
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