A hacker group trading under the name “lulzsec” was able to gain control of PBS‘ servers, defaced several websites, and posted an article to the PBS Newshour site claiming that deceased rapper Tupac Shakur was found alive in New Zealand. The group then posted several taunting messages to Twitter before methodically tweeting out PBS website passwords and other information the group gleaned during the attack. As of this morning, PBS was still struggling to contain the attack.
The motive behind the attack seems to stem from a May, 24 Frontline report on WikiLeaks called “Wikisecrets,” which the group found to not be to their liking. Some of the defaced pages also made reference to the continued incarceration of Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking the documents to Wikileaks. The Frontline piece has received some criticism from Manning’s supporters and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as being an unfair and hostile portrayal of Manning and the Wikileaks operation.
Attacks on Wikileaks, perceived or otherwise, has set off cyber attacks in the past, most notably with the hacker collective Anonymous. However, Lulzsec apparently claims no connection with the group. According to Wired, Lulzsec was responsible for a security breach at Sony and also for an attack on Fox.com which resulted in personal information from X-Factor applications being made publicly available.
To read the hacked article in its entirety, and to see other pages defaced by Lulzsec, head over to our sister site Mediaite.