Tupac Shakur Alive In New Zealand – PBS Hacking Hoax

Hackers have many motives which drive them to do the things they do. Typically these are either the pursuit of money or the need to gain recognition for their work. Occasionally, they have other motivations. Yesterday there was one such incident which concerned US rapper Tupac Shakur.


He was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996 but even today there are many people who don’t believe that Tupac Shakur is really dead. Judging by the number of people reading that old post of mine over the last 24 hours, I would imagine that many were excited by the news that Tupac was supposedly alive and well in New Zealand. The claim that Tupac is really alive, which really is a hoax people, appeared on the site of the PBS NewsHour programme but was soon removed.

The hack which put the hoax on the site is allegedly the work of a group calling itself LulzSec.

LulzSec and the Tupac alive hoax

The group’s beef with PBS seems to be based around a documentary on their site (Wikisecrets) about the leaking of US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks. The documentary has prompted a range of debate, much of it sympathetic to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

After the hack had taken place the group posted a humourous update on their Twitter account which read,

“Dudes. Of course Tupac is alive. Didn’t you see that official @PBS article? Why would they lie to their 750,000+ followers?”

LulzSec also posted the login information to two PBS sites – an internal comms site for PBS affiliate stations and one that the press use in order to access PBS PressRoom. They also posted a list of database names and tables which appear to be from a PBS.org MySQL database. In recent months LulzSec have also claimed responsibility for security breaches at Fox and Sony.

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