BBC Attack Continues Trend of DDoS December

The BBC’s online presence that include websites and its popular iPlayer streaming platform were the target of a substantial DDoS attack that saw services disrupted for the nearly the duration of an hour.

When the national broadcasting service’s website goes down, millions take notice. It began at 7 AM, local time.  Within minutes of BBC’s online platform suffering an outage, Twitter was awash with complaining users. Any attempt to access BBC’s website was met with a message that read “internal error.”

At the time, the BBC revealed it was merely a ‘technical issue’ affecting the website, with a fix in the offing.

However, a BBC technology correspondent revealed exactly what had happened on the last day of 2015. The British Broadcasting Corporation suffered a DDoS attack that knocked down the corporation’s online services and platform. Affected services include BBC’s main website, its iPlayer TV streaming platform and the iPlayer radio application.

Eventually, the BBC restored a majority of its services with the BBC Press Office website posting a tweet a few hours later to reveal the main website and its services were back up and running.

However, users were quick to point out that popular streaming service, BBC’s iPlayer was still not working despite the announcement that services were restored.

Despite multiple sources and journalists commonly acknowledging that the takedown was a result of a brute DDoS attack, the BBC has not confirmed nor denied the reason for the takedown.

DDoS December

December has traditionally been a month wherein DDoS takedowns have plagued popular online platforms and services. Christmas 2014 saw infamous hacking group Lizard Squad take down popular gaming platforms Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. The disruption resulted in millions of gamers all around the world losing connectivity for multiplayer play and various other online services.

This year, it was the turn of PC gamers to feel the pinch after a DDoS attack-induced error led to tens of thousands of Steam users’ account details exposed to other members of the community. The disruption caused Valve, the company behind PC gaming store behemoth Steam, to completely unplug the Steam store and its popular Steam Christmas sale. Services were restored hours later. Nearly a week after the attack, Valve finally revealed the reason behind Steam’s user-info leak, a DDoS attack.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.