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PBS Website Hacked in Apparent Retaliation for Documentary on WikiLeaks

May 31, 2011  •  Post A Comment

After PBS’s "Frontline" aired a documentary about WikiLeaks that apparently angered some of the group’s supporters, PBS.org was hacked by a group calling itself LulzSec, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Technology blog.

LulzSec, combining the Web term for laughing at someone else’s expense with the word security, hit the PBS site with what the article calls "a series of embarrassing and potentially damaging payloads" such as a fake story about the late rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls living in New Zealand (cached here by the alleged hackers) and revealing what appears to be the phone numbers, logins and passwords of PBS member stations.

The PBS attackers also included messages such as "Free Bradley Manning!," referring to a former low-level U.S. Army intelligence analyst who has been accused of giving WikiLeaks sensitive diplomatic cables and who is now being held in solitary confinement, the piece notes. The hackers apparently disagreed with "Frontline’s" portrayal of Manning, as the show said that the case was an "important cautionary note" against providing low-level employees with access to sensitive data, the story adds.

PBS said it’s working to close security holes and that reader information wasn’t compromised.

2 Comments

  1. So we have wiki leaks and now PBS has been hacked, I am beside myself. Please, no more rumors. Let Tupac RIP! — His music is what we have to remember him by and his films.

  2. He left behind a grieving mother, myriad fans, relatives and friends.
    This is no joke. A talented young man was cut down in his prime, and the killer has gone free all this time.

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