(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A Russian hacker known online as “HASH” and “Rev0lver” attempted to sell the world’s largest and oldest broadcaster, the BBC, in a Christmas Day campaign to other cyber criminals, states a report from Reuters.
A BBC spokesman neither confirmed nor denied the incident by stating, “We do not comment on security issues.”
The attack was found by cybersecurity firm, Hold Security LLC, in a black market cyber-crime forum.
The British broadcaster’s servers were accessed through a file transfer site ,ftp.bbc.co.uk.
In 2002, the corporation listed the log-in and password for the site so that the public may upload video and audio messages for the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
According to the BBC, the site has recently been used for BBC reporters to send in their own material and for advertisers to send in media files for use on the BBC Worldwide Channels.
“Rev0lver” used files from the site to convince “high-profile hackers” that the site had been infiltrated, in which he then attempted to sell data from the site.
“The only other information that I can offer is that the hacker was offering a screenshot proving that he had administrative access to the BBC server. It was solid technically convincing evidence, ” stated chief information officer at Hold Security, Alex Holden.
Currently, security firm has not found any evidence that points to the company’s data being sold.
This is not the first time the BBC has been a target of an attack.
In early 2013, BBC’s Twitter account, along with other media companies, was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker activist group that defaces websites and Twitter accounts