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BBC Services Brought Down by Major New Year’s Eve Cyber-Attack

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Social media users and TV viewers around the world were in alarm Thursday after they couldn’t access their favorite BBC digital services, after the media giant suffered a major DDoS attack.

BBC services including the News iPlayer and iPlayer Radio went offline as a result of an alleged cyber-attack December 31, according to a statement by the media corporation. Following the statement, BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones confirmed the announcement on Twitter.

Alan Woodward, a visiting professor at the University of Surrey's department of computing, described the attack in an interview with Mirror Online as “large and sustained,” adding that, "The BBC is an obvious target and so it does take steps to mitigate any DDoS attacks."

So, far no person or entity has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

BBC spent at least four hours fixing problems with their various websites.

"The BBC website is now back up and operating normally. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced," the broadcaster’s statement reads.

The company’s troubles caused a burst in social media, with many expressing outrage while others hotly debated the causes and consequences of the hack.

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  • neo con artist
    what better place to attack than the "British Buggering Children" group of media outlets
  • ptcjm
    Responsibility? Hos about Dr. David Kelly "ghooooosting" a bit until justice is done.
  • ben.dhyan
    Good news...if only they would stay off the air for good...
  • cuttingedge.blacksmith
    RT is still up. no?
  • teddy j
    such wonderful NEW YEAR'S news....
  • teddy j
    as the JOHN LENNON song:

    "IMAGINE"

    imagine if the world's WESTERN MSM was silenced..............that goes a long, long way -- towards peace, brotherhood and human good.
  • the "hacktivists" modus operandi is on a tit-for-tat bases, when they see a hot topic issue, they react collectively, and they want as much exposure as possible. this "attack" how ever does not fit their M.O. this is more like a trojan-horse disguised as a DDoS, when security is at a minimum on new years eve with most personnel off duty and most of the back-up personnel too busy/drunk to be immediately at hand.
  • professor.hornblow
    If we can shut up Mark Urban's Nato drivel for a while it would be a step forward. Carry on DDoS
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