'Anti-IS group' claims BBC website attack

By: GizBot Bureau

    A group that says it targets online activity linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed it was behind an attack on the BBC's website. All the BBC's websites were unavailable for several hours on New Year's Eve after what a BBC source described as a "distributed denial of service" attack.

    'Anti-IS group' claims BBC website attack

    The problems on the BBC sites began on Thursday, and meant visitors saw an error message instead of the intended content. The attack hit the main BBC website as well as associated services including the iPlayer catch-up service and iPlayer Radio app.

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    The group, calling itself New World Hacking, said it had carried out the attack as a "test of its capabilities". The BBC has not confirmed or denied such an attack caused the problems. The corporation's press office said on Saturday that the BBC would not be commenting on the group's claim.

    A "distributed denial of service" attack, which the group claims it carried out, aims to knock a site offline by swamping it with more traffic than it can handle. In a tweet to BBC technology, the group said: "We are based in the US, but we strive to take down IS affiliated websites, also IS members."

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    "We realise 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 [the] BBC is because we wanted to see our actual server power," the group added.

    Source IANS

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