In more New Zealand-related fakery (see earlier Will Smith death hoax), on Monday (May 31) PBS confirmed that it’s “NewsHour” website had been breached by hackers who posted a story claiming slain rapper Tupac Shakur is actually alive and well and living in New Zealand.
The malcontents were reportedly upset about the “NewsHour’s” coverage of WikiLeaks and retaliated by hacking the site a week after PBS aired the documentary “WikiSecrets.”
A group calling itself “The Lulz Boat” claimed responsibility for the hack, tweeting this message:
Dudes. Of course Tupac is alive. Didn’t you see that official @PBS article? Why would they lie to their 750,000+ followers?
Shakur was gunned down in Los Angeles in 1996, though several posthumous
albums did have some wondering if he was perhaps still alive for a
After PBS posted a retraction/statement on their site, the tricksters did it again according to BoingBoing, hacking the site’s own statement about the original hack.