PBS web site hacked

The past couple of months have seen a lot of cyber attacks and hacks on many high profile targets. We have seen Sony's Playstation Network shut down, game publishers like Square Enix and Codemasters feel the heat. Most recently we have heard about an attempted cyber attack on the defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Now Venture Beat reports that yet another web site with a high profile owner has been hit with a cyber attack and it has some interesting features.

The web site itself is the main news site for the Public Broadcasting System, the TV network that's partially funded by the US government but mostly funded by donations and pledge drives. The group responsible for the attack actually had a goal in mind. The site was altered to briefly show that cult rapper Tupac Shakur is in fact still alive.

Another way this attack differs from others is that a group is actually taking public responsibility for the attack. The group "LulzSec" has proclaimed that they handled the cyber attack on the PBS news site on their own Twitter feed. So far the hacker attacks on the other sites and networks mentioned above have not had any official proclamations by the people who handled them. Sony believes that the hacker group Anonymous, or at least people who have had dealings with the group, took part in the cyber attack on the Playstation Network which has yet to fully recover. Officially Anonymous has issued press releases denying any involvement in Sony's cyber attacks.

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Whatta buch of losers......they have got no time to do anything better. But..... its fun to watch, but hated when its done to you.

It's too big of a coincidence to have all these big company websites hacked in a small amount of time, imo. It just kind of happened all of a sudden and no one knows who's doing it. Might even be our lovely government doing the damage to push the internet ID crap... i dunno... politics at play maybe? o.O

Nistic said,
It's too big of a coincidence to have all these big company websites hacked in a small amount of time, imo. It just kind of happened all of a sudden and no one knows who's doing it. Might even be our lovely government doing the damage to push the internet ID crap... i dunno... politics at play maybe? o.O

Or maybe its little boys and their toys with nothing better to do because they are unemployed.

I can see the new laws stepping in soon as more sites get hacked and only when it becomes more apparent to deal with it. Right now they're doing the slow process of addressing the issue while hackers are having the field days of their basement lives planting in codes that can override a system once already infected/hacked into for future attacks. More tax dollars at work. Oh how humans are so disgusting.

styxrtp said,

This hack was brought to you by the letters L O L and the number 420.

lol I see what you did there....

on a serious note, alot of the malicious hacking has been going on lately and no arrests...interesting... it's like everyone is waiting to see who's site is next? no word from authorities on the investigations.....nothing from Interpol?

They're hacking and no hackers get arrested... this is only making them feel free to do anything. I don't see things getting better until someone decapitate 3 or 4 of them...

Aghares said,
They're hacking and no hackers get arrested... this is only making them feel free to do anything. I don't see things getting better until someone decapitate 3 or 4 of them...

haha, decapitation, i think could be slightly ott ? They would need to be caught first (re: why no arrests), so in a way, that method wouldn't help.

Aghares said,
They're hacking and no hackers get arrested... this is only making them feel free to do anything. I don't see things getting better until someone decapitate 3 or 4 of them...

Well, Sony kinda did that to a hacker who broke into their system, cause he told them who he was and apparently Sony knows Law better than Electronics.
Not only was the method used embarrassing to them as a company, they were warned (months and months before any network breaches) that their network was not up to snuff, ironically by the SAME group of hackers who initially broke their system!
A small investment then would have been better, but Sony rather **** off 77 Million people, lose even more investors and customers, and make $0 profit in Online Sales than update their damn network software to a current version.

firey said,
Hmm.. why would anyone want Tupac to be alive??

because he could then make more massively overrated albums

-T- said,

because he could then make more massively overrated albums

Lol. I agree with you, but I know guys that would punch you for saying that !

Kwanza said,

Lol. I agree with you, but I know guys that would punch you for saying that !

I would be one of those people. Some people didn't like him. Millions all over the world did. Man was a genius, listen to some of his interviews.

-=SEDIN=- said,

I would be one of those people. Some people didn't like him. Millions all over the world did. Man was a genius, listen to some of his interviews.

Totally agree, and he was still overrated.

Your door's lock is so ancient I broke into your house and stole your money. It's your own fault for not getting a new lock.

iczman said,
Your door's lock is so ancient I broke into your house and stole your money. It's your own fault for not getting a new lock.
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+1

Illegal activity is illegal, regardless if the victim is stupid.

yowan said,
These companies have such unprotected systems, its their own fault for not securing them properly

if cops used this analogy, no one would ever get introuble..... someone broke into my car, oh its my fault for not having an alarm system in it... someone broke through my houes windows... oh its my fault for not installing shatter resistant glass... someone kicked in my door... oh its my fault for not installing steel doors with vault like latches that go all the way through the door into the house framing... someone stole my identity... oh its my fault for not having people watching my identity 24 hours a day.......