Hacker Group Confesses to PBS Prank; Says Sony Is Next Target
A member of LulzSec says they were retaliating against the network for an unfair WikiLeaks doc; also vows their next attack will be “the beginning of the end" for Sony.
A hacker group known as LulzSec has admitted to hacking into PBS' New Hour web site to fire back at the network for a negative Frontline documentary about WikiLeaks.
LulzSec -- which has previously hacked the accounts of a few Fox employees -- published a fake story on the PBS site this week claiming that rapper Tupac Shakur was still alive and living in New Zealand.
In a series of Tweets, the group explained it was because of the “Wikisecrets” episode of Frontline “painted a negative picture on WikiLeaks.” Referring to the U.S. soldier who allegedly leaked restricted materials to the organization, LulzSec Tweeted: “We hope our hacking gave Bradley Manning a smile. That man deserves something nice.”
The hacker said he originally planned to “write about Obama choking to death on a marshmallow, but ... figured Tupac would be funnier.”
Meanwhile, it appears LulzSec is already plotting its next target: Sony.
“Hey @Sony, you know we're making off with a bunch of your internal stuff right now and you haven't even noticed? Slow and steady, guys,” read one early Tuesday morning Tweet, without elaborating why they want to bring down the music giant.
“#Sownage (Sony + Ownage) Phase 1 will begin within the next day. We may have a pre-game show for you folks though. Stay tuned,” warned another.
A third message bragged, “We're working on another Sony operation. We've condensed all our excited tweets into this one: this is the beginning of the end for Sony."
A Sony spokesperson has yet to respond.