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DDoS Assault Knocks Out BBC Services

An alleged hack into the systems of BBC prompted to take offline the Corporation's iPlayer Radio, News iPlayer as well as other digital facilities on December 31, 2015. It also caused problems to users of social media because they couldn't gain access to the site unless an error missive popped up. Viewers of the television also couldn't see the programs on the iPlayer.

It was 7:00am or so when the attack began that remained for some hours. However, by afternoon, BBC was able to again broadcast its services. Softpedia.com reported this, January 1, 2016.

BBC-published stories that at times raise controversy often encourage DDoS assaults against the company's websites as well as other news sources. Attackers frequently can't discreetly distinguish between sites which broadcast a news item and the matter of the news item. Occasionally, disgruntled hackers directly target the websites. Such disruption of news-carrying websites forms the easiest method by which attackers can suppress any particular topic.

BBC indicates that a distributed denial-of-service assault was responsible for the outage, implying that hackers sent fake traffic profusely to flood the online sites thus causing their servers to collapse. Rory Cellan-Jones technology correspondent of BBC tweeted to substantiate that the organization's websites underwent DDoS assault. Significantly, there are different mitigation strategies which BBC has towards countering such cyber-assaults, so since the attack successfully caused the disruption, it surely proved as one huge attack that infiltrated the safeguard mechanisms.

It's yet not clear who leveraged the assault just as it's not known what purpose it carried. Usually hackers who execute such assaults fast brag of their successful strikes, however, in the present case, nobody has claimed responsibility. It's also not thought that any nation-state sponsored the attack, while BBC wasn't even demanded of any ransom. Therefore, it can well be assumed that another hacker gang has done the kind of thing to make fun as also to demonstrate they can.

Response on websites for social-networking towards the problem too came fast with users displaying their anger and fear. But some handled the matter tactfully pointing at different circumstances that could've resulted in the technical glitch.

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