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article imagePBS Newshour website hacked

By Graeme McNaughton     May 30, 2011 in Technology
In response to a Frontline documentary on Wikileaks, a hacker group hacked into the PBS Newshour website, posting a fake story as well as posting information for staffers, the network, and password info for stations on its Twitter account.
A hack first became visible at 11:30 p.m. EST when a story claiming that deceased rapper Tupac Shakur had been found alive in New Zealand was posted to the PBS Newshour website. Shortly after, passwords for stations and employees were posted on the group's Twitter feed.
The Lulz Boat, a hacker collective, claimed responsibility for the hack via a press release issued through the group's Twitter:
"Greetings, Internets. 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 s***** Pirates of the Caribbean movie (first one was better!) can withhold our barrage of chaos and lulz...anyway, say hello to the insides of the PBS servers, folks. They best watch where they're sailing next time."
In April, the group hacked into's servers, taking the personal information of over 70,000 applicants for the upcoming reality show 'X-Factor', as well as the passwords and e-mails of Fox employees.
According to Forbes, the group manually went though the stolen e-mail addresses and tested them on LinkedIn accounts. Any accounts that matched their e-mail's password were defaced, with the profile picture being replaced by the group's mascot - a stick figure in a top hat, monocle and twirly moustache.
As of 2:00 a.m. the story was taken off of the PBS Newhour website. A copy of the faked article can be viewed here.
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