BBC’s Cyber Attack
Normally, when a cyber attack happens, it’s usually the case that a hacker or hacker group does it to attack a certain website. For BBC, though, the story is completely unexpected.
The BBC was attacked on Thursday morning, New Year’s Eve to be exact, with the website’s iPlayer streaming service and its entire lineup of websites out of reach due to the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. A hacker group called New World Hacking claimed responsibility for the BBC cyber attack by sending a tweet to technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones regarding the hack event:
“We are based in the US, but we strive to take down Isis affiliated websites, also Isis members. We realize sometimes what we do is not always the right choice, but without cyber hackers…who is there to fight off online terrorists? The reason we really targeted BBC is because we wanted to see our actual server power. It was only a test, we didn’t exactly plan to take it down for multiple hours.”
The BBC is considered to be a company whose websites serve as a medium for Isis terrorists who plan future terrorist attacks. Instant messaging site Telegram was considered to be the instant messaging site used to launch the Paris attacks some weeks ago, and Sony’s PlayStation 4 was accused of allowing terrorists to meet unhindered (despite the later retraction and announcement that there had been no evidence found to justify the claim).