Tupac is alive and PBS has the scoop…okay, not really. The network fell victim to hackers over Memorial Day weekend.
E! News reports that a computer hacking group called the Lulz Boat found their way into PBS’ website, Monday, creating a fake story claiming that the late Tupac Shakur is alive.
“Tupac still alive in New Zealand” is what one PBS post read, but don’t believe everything you read. The hackers created the misleading post to get back at PBS for a recent Frontline episode about Wikileaks and the site’s founder, Julian Assange.
The article claimed that “prominent rapper Tupac has been found alive and well in a small resort in New Zealand." Lulz Boat wrote that he was staying in an undisclosed town that had also been hiding Biggie Smalls for a few years.
The phony story continued, “One local, David File, recently passed away, leaving evidence and reports of Tupac’s visit in a diary, which he requested be shipped to his family in the United States.”
Then after phony quotes from David’s family members, all of whom were made-up characters, the hackers added , “Officials have closed down routes into the town and will not speculate as to whether Tupac or Biggie have been transported to another region or country. Local townsfolk refuse to comment on exactly how long or why the rappers were being sheltered; one man simply says ‘We don’t talk about that here.’”
The post was eventually taken down.
— Tiara Kennedy