Hackers who call themselves 'The Lulz Boat' recently pilfered the PBS website and posted a fake story claiming that the rapper Tupac Shakur, who was has been dead for 15 years now, is currently alive and living in New Zealand.
In the recent hacking incident of PBS' website the hacker group, identified as 'The Lulz Boat', claimed that they were not so impressed with a PBS network program called 'WikiSecrets'. After airing of the 'WikiSecrets' show on PBS, obviously consisting of anti-hacker rhetoric, they decided among themselves to attack the PBS website. Not only did The Lulz Boat post a fake story claiming that Tupac was still alive, but they posted sensitive information about PBS stations including what was claimed by the hackers to be passwords and login information of PBS journalists.
The hacker group even taunted PBS from a linked message from The Lulz Boat's Twitter account. The message reads:
'Anyway, say hello to the insides of the PBS servers, folks. They best watch where they're sailing next time.'
Those who are always seeking to stay up-to-date on the entertainment buzz via the Internet would naturally gravitate towards such a story that makes claims to Tupac being 'alive and well in a small resort in New Zealand.' The hacked story on PBS also stated that the rapper Biggie Smalls was housed in a New Zealand area goes unnamed due to security risks.
This hacking incident may be the best form of flattery especially when a hacker group, who has attempted to retaliate against PBS for airing something they did not quite agree with, posts a story that attempts to resurrect two of the most popular rappers of the 90's. Not only could this be a major shock to the entertainment world, but a large population could very well believe it to be true because after all, PBS is touted as a 'trusted source'. A false story of this magnitude would essentially hurt the reputation of such a network. At least that is what the hackers may have thought.
Hackers have for years, almost as long as the Internet has been in existence, attacked reputable and well-known websites for all types of reasons. It is not every day that we discover a group of hackers attacking a network such as PBS due to a 'slight disagreement' with a program that they aired. It is rather obvious that 'The Lulz Boat' is displeased with the PBS 'WikiSecrets' program. We must also be reminded that The Lulz Boat hacker group was responsible for disrupting MasterCard, PayPal and Visa websites just after the arrest of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, on unrelated sexual assault charges.
Do you think these hackers were deeply offended or could they be taking the PBS WikiSecrets program a little too personal?