Cyber Attack | Data Breach

Published on January 1st, 2016 📆 | 2959 Views ⚑


Powerful DDoS Attack Shuts Down All BBC Websites

A powerful cyber attack earlier today forced all British Broadcasting websites (BBC) to go offline and unavailable for readers for several hours.

The cyber attack started at 0700 GMT forcing visitors to view the offline page of all BBC website with a 500 Internal Error.

Screenshot from BBC website showing Internal error after the DDoS attack / Image Source: BBC
Screenshot from BBC website showing Internal error after the DDoS attack / Image Source: BBC

It is unclear who was behind this attacks but keeping an eye on the previous cyber attacks on the BBC and French TV 5 Monde, the involvement of Daesh or ISIS terrorist group won’t be surprising.

BBC has acknowledged that their websites were under powerful “distributed denial of service” attack. In a Tweet from BBC Press Office,

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In a statement from the administration, BBC has apologized for any inconvenience.


BBC revealed that the DDoS attack also affected iPlayer Radio app and iPlayer catch-up service. However, at the time of publishing this article, all BBC websites were restored and available for readers.

In the past, Daesh or ISIS terrorist group conducted cyber attacks on French TV 5 Monde and BBC’s live transmission.

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BBC News Channel fell prey to a cyber-attack from ISIS when ‘hackers’ were able to interrupt the channel’s live broadcast and upload propaganda material of Islamic State.

The appearance of the words “Je Suis IS” on TV Screens left viewers stunned while they were watching the BBC News Channel on Thursday, April 9th, 2015.

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Back in 2012, BBC’s Persian website was also hacked by Iranian hackers. In another cyber attack, Russian hackers took control of BBC’s computer servers and left its data for sale on Christmas.

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