A group of U.S.-based cyber hackers claimed it was behind an attack on BBC’s website on New Year’s Eve. The group, which called itself New World Hacking and claims to be working against the Islamic State group, said it had carried out the attack to test its capabilities.
On Thursday, BBC suffered an outage for about 4 hours. Initially, the news agency attributed that outage to a “technical issue” and later determined that the web attack was caused by a hacking technique known as a “distributed denial of service” (DDoS), which can knock a site offline by bringing more web traffic than it can handle.
While BBC was down, users who tried to navigate to the site saw the message: “The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy.” The attack also grounded a range of BBC websites and also affected its iPlayer and iPlayer Radio services.
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