A fake story claiming rapper Tupac Shakur was found alive and well was posted by some hackers after penetrating PBS’s website.
The story says: “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.”
LulzSec, the group who also claimed responsibility for the recent SonyMusic attack, said it carried out the hack.
The group posted usernames and messed up passwords for the database administrators and users, and also the logins of all the PBS local partners, as well as their plain text passwords.
Sophos security expert Chester Wisniewski said, “There was absolutely no skill involved in this attack, as it used freely available tools to exploit the databases.”
“The attackers represent nothing more than what many historically thought of as hackers: people creating chaos with no other purpose than gaining fame, irrespective of the damage caused,” he continues.
The fake story lasted on the site for about an hour before it was taken down.
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