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May302011

Holiday Hack Attacks Plague PBS, Lockheed Martin

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This holiday weekend has seen a number of prominent cyber attacks.

Since Friday, there was a fake news story posted on the PBS website that claimed murdered rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and well in New Zealand, and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin found itself the target of a data breach.

Add to this a claim from Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, that a hacker allegedly sent a lewd photo to one of his online followers via his Twitter account. It should be noted unlike the former incidents, Weiner's situation has not been confirmed as the work of a hacker.

"It's not a prank and it's not covered by free speech any more than someone who takes a spray can and writes all over your house," said Parry Aftab, an online privacy and security lawyer. "Everything on the Internet belongs to someone."

Aftab said he expects these high-profile attacks will have an impact.

"Expect to see a lot more regulatory hearings and action from the FTC and Congress about how we look at this," he said.

The confirmed attacks on PBS and Lockheed Martin come just weeks after a security breach at Sony affected millions of its Playstation users. 

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