U.S. Based Anti-ISIS Hactivists Claim Responsibility for BBC DDoS Attack

An activist hacking group who call themselves New World Hacking (NWH) have claimed responsibility for the recent end-of-2015 cyber-attack targeting the BBC’s website and other online platforms.

The BBC was the target of a crippling DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on New Year ’s Eve. The incident saw the BBC’s official website and its popular iPlayer platform along with its radio services rendered offline for several hours.

Now, a U.S.-based hactivist group has revealed that it was behind the attack that resulted in the disruption of BBC’s services. While the claim wasn’t independently verified, the hactivist group noted that the attack was carried out against the BBC to test the group’s “actual server power.” The group calls itself ‘New World Hacking’. Their aim is to primarily target radical extremists websites and other web avenues, as an anti-ISIS hacktivist group.

In a series of direct messages communicated to BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones on Twitter, the group stated: “We are based in the US, but we strive to take down Isis affiliated websites, also Isis members.”

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, BBC business correspondent Joe Lynam expanded on the group’s claim, as reported by the Guardian.

Their ultimate goal, believe it or not, is not to attack the BBC, but to go for ISIS…and all their servers, so they cannot spread propaganda from various different websites.

The group also reportedly stated: “We realize sometimes what we do is not always the right choice, but without cyber hackers, who is there to fight off online terrorists,” in their direct message(s) exchange with BBC correspondent Cellan-Jones.

Furthermore, the group revealed their reason to target a substantial media and news outlet like the BBC, to apparently test their servers’ power.

One member of NWH who goes by the name ‘Ownz’ revealed further insight into the alleged hacktivist group. It is a group comprising of 12 people – four female and eight male who formed the group in 2012.

Meanwhile, the BBC has been determinedly resolute in its stance of neither denying nor confirming a DDoS attack to be the reason behind the recent outage on December 31, 2015.

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