Hacker group claims it DDoSed BBC Website to ‘test its capability’
A group of U.S.-based cyber hackers who state that they are anti-ISIS have claimed responsibility for the hack attack on BBC website on the New Year’s Eve. BBC website suffered a massive DDoS attack on 31st December and was down for nearly 4 hours before being restored.
The hacking group called New World Hacking says that it DDoSed BBC website ‘to test its capabilities’.
BBC had attributed the outage to a “technical issue” but later clarified that it had indeed suffered distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. 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 caused other BBC websites and services such as iPlayer and iPlayer Radio to go down as well.
New World Hacking took the responsibility in a message to BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. The hacker group reportedly said: “We are based in the US, but we strive to take down ISIS affiliated websites, also ISIS members. ” “It was only a test, we didn’t exactly plan to take it down for multiple hours. Our servers are quite strong,” the hacking group reportedly said about the BBC hack.
Though BBC has put up an article on the DDoS attack but has not confirmed New World Hacking’s statement.