Monday, May 30, 2011

PBS web site hacked

Once again we report about a breach of the Internet. This time the news is about news media and entertainment sites. Who cares? Well, some of these sites notably PBS have information on "subscribers" and other people who have signed up for the site. We don't know for sure what all information these media sites have living on their servers. Here's the story.

The New York Times reported that, "The PBS Web site briefly carried a fake story claiming that famed rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and living in New Zealand after a group of hackers took over the organization’s computer systems on Saturday night.

In addition to posting the fake news story, the group, which identified itself on Twitter as @LulzSec or The Lulz Boat, began posting passwords and e-mail addresses of people from a wide range of news organizations and other information belonging to PBS.

As late as 2:30 a.m. on Monday, PBS had still not regained control of its Web site as the hackers continued to post defaced pages"

We also learned that "The group has attacked other media organizations in the past month, according to Secure Business Intelligence (,x-factor-hackers-claim-foxs-scalp.aspx), including Fox News and the X-Factor television show."

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