BBC's website and iPlayer brought down by latest DDoS attack

The BBC website, home to the largest number of daily visitors after Google and Facebook, went down yesterday at 7AM under a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, said the broadcaster.

Along with the website, BBC's popular iPlayer TV platform was also taken down by the attack. However, normal services were restored both in the website and the iPlayer by 11:45AM. “We’re aware of a technical issue affecting the BBC website and we are working to fix this now,” said BBC's press office after its services went down.

Hackers: 1; Geeks: 0: Cyber attack stalls Oxford, Cambridge servers

As expected, Twitter went nuts with thousands of users posting their own reactions to the shutdown by using the hashtag #BBCDown.






December was a great month for hackers who initiate DDoS attacks for fun. The first week of the festive month saw a dedicated and successful DDoS attack on Network Janet which controls the domains of major universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, the Universities of Essex, Paisley and Glasgow.

Moonfruit bears the brunt as DDoS attackers find new target

Later in the month, Moonfruit, the oldest identikit website creator, went down thanks to a spate of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, taking with it thousands of websites owned by small businesses and start-ups. What was startling and least reassuring for subscribers was that Moonfruit's own website went down as well.

Popular professional hangout LinkedIn was also found to be infested with a large number of fake profiles created by hackers to obtain users' personal information like addresses, date of birth, gender and email IDs. To make matters worse, Twitter also raised an alarm on the fact that several government-sponsored hackers are now attempting to access users' private and confidential information.

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