PBS Hacked – Tupac Is Certainly Dead…

The PBS.org website, and data associated with the PBS television network, its programs, and its affiliate stations, have reportedly been compromised.  Members of a hacker group called “LulzSec” broke into the PBS NewsHour site and posted a fake story that said rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and well and living in New Zealand 15 years after his death.  The site denied the story was legitimate via Twitter and has been tirelessly communicating with its audience to tell everyone that the story is fake.

The attack is said to be in retaliation for a recent expose’ on WikiLeaks entitled WikiSecrets, seen by the group as unfair.  This group has also been reported to have attacked other media outlets recently, including Fox News and The X-Factor TV show.  Compromised and published in the PBS attack were network, server, and database details, and login credentials for some PBS staff, contractors, and some users.  As of 3:24am ET Monday, some defacements remained live on pbs.org.

PBS issued a statement on the hack this afternoon, which I cannot seem to locate now, and shortly afterwards, new evidence of defacement was visible at the PBS Frontline url, which has disappeared along with the original fake Tupac story.  Someone at PBS needs some help with containment efforts and penetration testing.  CNN has an article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/web/05/30/pbs.hackers/index.html?on.cnn=1

LulzSec appear to be in it for the notoriety, rather than financial gain at this point, but the entire site is suspect to me now, until more details are known.  Surf there with caution.