Tupac Alive in New Zealand?

May 30, 2011  |  

By B. Hutson

For all those conspiracy theorists that swear Tupac Shakur is alive and hiding in Cuba, brace yourself.  According to PBS, Tupac was recently sighted in a small resort in New Zealand—or was he?

At 11:30 p.m. Sunday, an article appeared on the PBS NewsHour news blog, “The Rundown,” claiming that not only had Tupac been found alive and well in a small town that could not be named due to security risks, but he allegedly has been living with Biggie Smalls. Despite the suspicious nature of the story, it didn’t stop at least 3,000 readers from ‘liking’ the story on Facebook and many more on Twitter who speculated on whether the story was true or not, reports Forbes.

Unfortunately, for those who had an ounce of hope, the story was declared a hoax that was written by hackers from a group calling itself LulzSec. PBS became aware of the intrusion shortly the story was posted. They counteracted by posting statements acknowledging the hack and that the story was a fake. According to Forbes, not only did the hackers break into PBS’ content management system and pen a “sufficiently-newsy sounding article with a photo and byline,” but they also posted a list of usernames and passwords for PBS’ IT admins and users, along with login details for local PBS television stations.

The reason for all of this? Well, LulzSec said in a pastebin statement that it was “less than impressed” by the “WikiSecrets” documentary that recently aired as a segment of PBS’ Frontline news program and its portrayal of Bradley Manning. Oh, and because they could.

Apparently, LulzSec has an interest in hacking media companies: it targeted Fox News recently, publishing login details for employees and user information of hundreds of people who applied to be updated on X-Factor auditions. It also attacked Sony websites and hinted it will hit Sony again soon.

But for those who still have an urge to play, ‘where in the world is Tupac?’ you can check out the hoax story here.

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