Newspaper article International New York Times

BBC Websites Said to Be Targets of Hacking Attack

Newspaper article International New York Times

BBC Websites Said to Be Targets of Hacking Attack

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Websites and the popular video-on-demand service were offline for about three hours; the BBC's television and radio stations were not affected.

The British Broadcasting Corporation said on Thursday that its digital services had been shut down temporarily in what its news operation described as a hacking attack.

Many of the BBC's websites and popular video-on-demand services were offline for roughly three hours on Thursday morning, although its television and radio stations were not affected.

While a statement posted by the BBC on Twitter said the blackout had been caused by a technical issue, unidentified people in the company were quoted on the BBC news website as saying that a "distributed denial of service" attack had struck the digital services. In that type of online attack, a website is deliberately targeted with a high level of online visitors, overloading the services and taking them offline. …

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