PBS hacked in retribution for Frontline Wikileaks episode

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by gloweyjoey, May 30, 2011.

  1. gloweyjoey

    gloweyjoey who??

    May 7, 2010
    United States
    The PBS.org website, and data associated with the PBS television network, its programs, and its affiliate stations, appear to have just been hacked by an entity calling itself LulzSec (or "The Lulz Boat"). The hack was made public around 1130pm ET, Sunday, May 29, and included cracking the PBS server, posting a bogus news story and some defacements, and publishing what appear to be thousands of passwords.

    The information compromised and published included network, server, and database details and logins, as well as user login data for some PBS staff and contractors. As of 3:24am ET Monday, some defacements are still live on pbs.org.The group that carried out the hack claims they are not affiliated with "Anonymous", and that the action is retribution for the recent "Wikisecrets" episode on Wikileaks, which was perceived by Wikileaks and its supporters to be unfair to Wikileaks.

    According to an article in the Australian edition of IT security publication SC Magazine, LulzSec has gone after other media entities in recent weeks: Fox News Network and the TV show X-Factor are reported as prior targets. As the name implies, LulzSec would appear to be in it for the proverbial lulz, rather than, say, financial gain.

    A statement from LulzSec:[/p]
    The PBS program Frontline (and specifically the producers of the "Wikisecrets" episode), may have been the stated target, but the scope of intrusion was significantly more broad. And the Frontline site and its "Wikisecrets" subsite don't show any signs of a hack at all.

    LulzSec posted an overview of the data and defacements here.

    Here's a cache of the fake "Tupac still alive in New Zealand" story the intruders posted. Unfortunately, Tupac remains dead, and PBS NewsHour social media and online engagement point person Teresa Gorman spent Sunday night on Twitter repeating this fact to dozens of incredulous individuals and news organizations [partial screengrab of @gteresa's Twitter feed here].

    Here's a copy of the "Free Bradley Manning" defacement page LulzSec posted, featuring the "nyan cat" meme.[/p]
    [​IMG] Source
    Couldn't get the cache for the Tupac article to load.
  2. Coto

    Coto -

    Jun 4, 2010
    Sounds good. Nowadays hacking is a way of complain.
  3. _Chaz_

    _Chaz_ GBAtemp's Official Mook™

    Sep 12, 2009
    United States
    So... Those fighting for freedom of speech are now inhibiting that very right for others?

    Why must hackers be so socially retarded?
  4. Zetta_x

    Zetta_x The Insane Statistician

    Mar 4, 2010
    United States
    Pffftt, no one ever has consistent beliefs anymore. People do what they want to do because life is boring otherwise,
  5. ShadowSoldier

    ShadowSoldier GBAtemp Guru

    Oct 8, 2009
    that is all.
  6. gloweyjoey

    gloweyjoey who??

    May 7, 2010
    United States
    These guys have also claimed to be responsible for attacks and Sony and Fox as well. But which attacks wasnt clear.
  7. Slyakin

    Slyakin See ya suckers

    Oct 15, 2008
    United States
    Soviet Slyakin
    Really? They... hacked servers because of some bad sequels?

    Just... oh wow.