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BBC server breached by Russian hacker

Clare McDonald

A Russian hacker infiltrated a BBC server and attempted to sell access to the system to other hackers, a report suggests.

According to Reuters, the BBC’s security team has responded to the issue and believes the site is now secure.

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It is thought that the site – a password-protected domain named ftp.bbc.co.uk – could be used for managing the transfer of large data files. An article by the BBC confirmed that the server was previously used by reporters to upload material.

Cybersecurity firm Hold Security LLC was the first to discover the attack after monitoring underground cyber-crime forums where stolen information is often sold. According to the firm, a Russian hacker known by the names “HASH” and “Rev0lver” was observed trying to sell access to the BBC server on Christmas Day. The firm said there was no evidence that the hacker was successful in selling the information.

Alex Holden, founder of Hold Security LLC, told Reuters that large organisations are often the target of cyber crime, and an attack on the BBC is “definitely a notch in someone's belt."

A BBC Spokesperson said: "We do not comment on security issues."

The BBC has been subject to hacking before, when its Twitter feed was breached earlier this year by an organisation calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army.


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