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BBC website attack ‘only a test’ say anti-IS hackers

BBC website offlinComputer hackers targeting Islamic State claim they were responsible for the attack on the BBC on Friday as they were testing their capabilities.

“It was only a test, we didn’t exactly plan to take it down for multiple hours,” said the group in a message sent to the BBC’s technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, which he posted on Twitter.

“We realise sometimes what we do is not always the right choice, but without cyber hackers … who is there to fight off online terrorists?” said the group, calling themselves the New World Hackers.

The BBC’s news website and iPlayer catch-up TV platform were offline from breakfast time until mid-morning following a “distributed denial of service (DDoS)” attack which uses groups of computers to bombard a target with excessive traffic.


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