DDoS attack on BBC website was 'only a test,' say hackers

The recent DDoS attack that shut down BBC's website and iPlayer for over four hours was in fact just a group of hackers polishing their trade ahead of a concerted attack on Islamic State websites.

A group of hackers naming themselves New World Hackers owned up for the much-publicized hack of BBC's online services, claiming that the act wasn't malicious at all even though they didn't clarify why they chose BBC and not anyone else.

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

“It was only a test, we didn’t exactly plan to take it down for multiple hours. We realise sometimes what we do is not always the right choice, but without cyber hackers … who is there to fight off online terrorists?” they said in a message that was sent to Rory Cellan-Jones, a correspondent at BBC.


The DDoS attack which shut out BBC followed a similar DDoS attack on Network Janet which controls the domains of major universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, the Universities of Essex, Paisley and Glasgow. Thanks to the hack, students and faculties were unable to access their institutions’ databases for a long period.

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

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.

Moonfruit bears the brunt as DDoS attackers find new target

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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