PBS Hit by Hacker

Posted: Jun. 2nd, 2011  |  By JustLuxe Team

As backlash from displeased watchers of a Frontline documentary about WikiLeaks, PBS, who aired the program, has had its website hit by hackers. Those who rely on PBS NewsHour for up to the minute news were greeted with the information that Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls had been found alive and well, and were living in a small town in New Zealand. To make matters worse, the story was indexed by Google and spread rapidly through Twitter and Facebook. Tupac Shakur died in 1996 and Biggie Smalls in 1997.

This report was credited to the LulzSec, a hacking group, after the unfavorable portrayal of WikiLeaks on the PBS Frontline series WikiSecrets. While Frontline’s website was untouched, the hackers attacked PBS NewsHour and claims have surfaced that they have stolen thousands of passwords. A digital calling card was left behind reading "All your base are belong to Lulzsec," according to Wired News. The title of the page was "FREE BRADLEY MANNING. F*** FRONTLINE!" Bradley Manning is an imprisoned accused WikiLeaks “leaker”. NewsHour was tweeting rapidly to let web visitors know of the security breach, stating, “Again, our site has been hacked — please stay with us as we work on it.”