Hackers from LulzSec snuck their way into the news website for the U.S. Public Broadcasting System, and created pages along with a fake story that said rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and well and living in New Zealand.
LulzSec claimed responsibility for the attack on its Twitter feed and also managed to post up a page on the PBS site named 'Free Bradley Manning f**k Frontline'. Frontline is the name of a PBS show that recently dissed Manning and made spurious claims about chief Winkileaker Julian Assange.
The Tupac story posted on Newshours Rundown page read:
"Prominent rapper Tupac has been found alive and well in a small resort in New Zealand, locals report. The small town - unnamed due to security risks - allegedly housed Tupac and Biggie Smalls (another rapper) for several years. One local, David File, recently passed away, leaving evidence and reports of Tupac's visit in a diary, which he requested be shipped to his family in the United States."
The yarn garnered more than 3000 Facebook 'likes' before it was downed by PBS admins.
Tupac Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996 and PBS has been twitting like barmy in an attempt to to let duped its readers know the rapper really is still dead.
The PBS show Frontline broadcast a documentary named “WikiSecrets: The inside story of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and the largest intelligence breach in U.S. history,” in which is was claimed that Assange said that Afghan collaborators and informants "deserve to die." Assange denied the claims describing them as 'libellous'.
The documentary seems to have prodded LulzSec into action.
“Greetings, Internets," a missive posted on the PBS site stated. "We just finished watching WikiSecrets and were less than impressed. We decided to sail our Lulz Boat over to the PBS servers for further… perusing. As you should know by now, not even that fancy-ass fortress from the third… Pirates of the Caribbean movie (first one was better!) can withhold our barrage of chaos and lulz. Anyway, unnecessary sequels aside… wait, actually: second and third Matrix movies sucked too! Anyway, say hello to the insides of the PBS servers, folks. They best watch where they’re sailing next time.”
Responding to various claims that the group was Anonymous in disguise LulzSec Twitted - “We aren’t Anonymous you unresolved cow-shart."
The Lulzers also said they posted passwords and Frontline login information on the web.