Who is New World Hacking? BBC hit by DDoS as anti-IS test card

Because of the unique way the BBC is funded?
[You’re fired -Ed.]

BBC DDoS
Credit: British Broadcasting Corporation

The BBC—that mainstay of British broadcasting, education, journalism, and whatever Top Gear was—is ruing the day someone dropped a cup of tea into the server. Or perhaps it was a distributed-denial-of-service attack—we don’t know and Aunty Beeb isn’t saying (well, apart from BBC journalists quoting BBC “sources,” that is).

Good heavens, what? Pass the crumpets, mum.

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This is an odd one, chaps. An anonymous BBC scribbler, writing on the BBC News website, quotes an anonymous BBC source—Web attack knocks BBC websites offline:

All the BBC's websites were unavailable early on Thursday morning. ... The problems began about [2 am EST].

Sources within the BBC said the sites were offline thanks to...a "distributed denial of service" attack.

The BBC has yet to confirm or deny that such an attack was responsible for the problems.


Um, OK, I guess. Jude Karabus is similarly confused—Beeb-ception: BBC reports on BBC tweet about BBC websites DDoS:

The BBC coyly noted that information had "emerged" from "sources within the BBC."

Wonder how that worked.


Gosh, I fancy that caused a touch of commotion. Michael Rundle has Hysteria on social media as BBC websites go offline :

The internet did not cope well with this news.

The apparent temporary collapse of BBC News, iPlayer, live streams of radio and TV stations online and virtually every single one of the Beeb’s digital presence was so shocking, that...social media...took the situation as a sign of the apocalypse.

As is the way of these things, however, the situation was not long-lasting: the BBC was back online, at least temporarily, by [6 am EST].


Terrifying, what? Mark Langshaw’s lum reeks—BBC hit by technical issues as website and iPlayer go down:

One of the biggest online news portals in the world was down for several hours.

Naturally, the outages caused mass hysteria...with users taking to Twitter to vent their frustration at being denied their news and Doctor Who fixes. Even Stephen Fry chimed in.


And for this I pay my TV tax every year? Leave it to ausbeachbum to raise the elephant in the room:

Maybe an Anonymous member got caught not paying his/her license fee.

They do not forget.

They do not forgive.

They do not pay licence fees.


Update: Déjà vu time... Another anonymous BBC scribbler, writing on the BBC News website, talks to the alleged perps-'Anti-IS group' claims BBC website attack:

A group that says it targets online activity linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed it was behind [the] attack.

New World Hacking said it had carried out the attack as a "test of its capabilities." [The BBC] press office said [it] would not be commenting.

The group said: "We are based in the US, but we strive to take down Isis [IS] affiliated websites, also Isis members. ... The reason we really targeted [the] BBC is because we wanted to see our actual server power."

One of the group's members - nicknamed Ownz...said his group used a tool called Bangstresser - created by another US-based "hacktivist" - to direct a flood of traffic against the BBC [and] has already used the technique against IS websites.

And Finally...

Best of British telly, 2015
[mostly the BBC; occasional NSFW language]


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