If you happened to be on PBS’s website last Sunday, though, you may have heard otherwise. The well-respected non-profit had posted the story on their site.
No, it wasn’t a legit story. The Tupac-Biggie breaking news was the work of the merry band of pranksters, LulzSec — and certain Netizens would argue PBS provoked it.
LulzSec Hits PBS Over WikiLeaks Documentary
What event set hackers on a destruction course for Sesame Street’s station? The catalyst was 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 on the Frontline report.
Information-reform activists felt the PBS documentary was biased and decided to have 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 a 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, only administrative information stored on a station Intranet was exposed.
Since the PBS breach, the hacker collective has carried out several high-profile hacks – one of which targeted a branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta. The group has vowed to continue their work of exposing major online security holes of the world’s top companies and government offices.
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