Usually, stories about Elvis Presley being spotted in a Manitoba supermarket appear in the Weekly World News or some other sketchy checkout line publications. However, the fine folks at PBS delivered breaking news this weekend: that Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. were found alive and well in New Zealand. As the story goes, a New Zealander who himself was gunned down in a drive-by shooting left evidence in his diary that the two rap legends were frequenting his Australasia hometown, which explains all those posthumous releases.
Unfortunately, Tupac is not alive and well. And neither is Biggie. The story that appeared on the reputable PBS site was a hoax perpetrated by a group of hackers called the LulzSec, who posted the story as retribution for PBS's portrayal of WikiLeaks on their program Frontline. "We just finished watching WikiSecrets and were less than impressed. We decided to sail our Lulz Boat over to the PBS servers for further... perusing," LulzSec warned prior to the Tupac hoax (via Boing Boing). "Anyway, say hello to the insides of the PBS servers, folks. They best watch where they're sailing next time." Hackers are very protective of their WikiLeaks.
"Last night there was an intrusion to PBS' servers. The erroneous information on the PBS NewsHour site has been corrected," a PBS spokesperson said following the hack. "The intruders also posted login information to two internal sites - one that press use to access PBS PressRoom and an internal communications website for stations."
PBS has since regained control of their own site and taken down the hoax, but not before CNN, the New York Times and other major news sites picked up and poked fun at their blunder. (There is, however, still archived evidence of the relatively benign intrusion.) And while the real Shakur remains deceased, we've found at least one impersonator who's doing his best to keep Tupac's legacy alive.
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