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BBC Server taken over by Russian hacker at Christmas

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A Russian hacker took over the BBC server and tried to sell the server and its contents to other hackers during the festive season.

The BBC's security team believes it managed to secure the site on Saturday 28 December. It had been broken into via a server usually used for uploading large files.

Reuters news agency said the hacker, known online as "HASH" or "Rev0lver", offered proof that he had broken in by posting a screenshot of the server and its files on an underground forum where he was trying to sell access on 25 December.

Whilst the BBC server may not have provided access to credit card details, hackers could have been in the position to manipulate, fabricate or leak news stories which could cause billions in losses depending on the scale of the manipulation. For example, when Syrian hackers managed to break into the Associated Press account in April and faked a story about an attack on the White House, the US stock market dropped by 143 points in seconds.

Taken from the Guardian 29th December 2013

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