Fake Tupac story posted on PBS website by hackers
Hackers who were apparently unhappy with a story that aired on PBS hacked the network's website and posted a fake story claiming that dead rapper Tupac Shakur is alive and well in New Zealand.
PBS confirmed Monday that the website had been hacked. The fake story, which was posted on the site of the "PBS NewsHour" program, was taken down as of Monday morning.
The hackers targeted the network nearly a week after the airing of the documentary "WikiSecrets," which is about the leak of U.S. diplomatic cables to the WikiLeaks website.
A group with the Twitter name @LulzSec claimed responsibility and posted links to other hacks, including a video apparently taunting the network.
"Dudes. Of course Tupac is alive. Didn't you see that official @PBS article? Why would they lie to their 750,000+ followers?" the group tweeted early Monday morning.
Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in the Las Vegas area in September 1996.
The hackers also posted passwords for two internal PBS sites - one that media use to access the PBS press room and an internal communications website for stations.
A tweet from the "NewsHour" Twitter account directed followers to a Tumblr page where the program's transcripts and videos were being posted for the time being.
"Thanks for your patience as we work to get everything back to normal!" the tweet said.