BBC Server Hacked and Offered For Sale on Christmas Day

By Gary Cutlack on at

How about giving a nerdy Doctor Who fan the ultimate gift this year -- hacked access to a BBC server. That was the deal apparently on offer on some "underground" internet sites on Christmas Day, after a hacker allegedly gained access to a BBC server and tried to sell on his access method.

According to Reuters, the hacker had access to some part of the BBC's network for around three days, with the BBC apparently not noticing or being able to block his access until the Saturday after Christmas Day. US security firm Hold Security claims a notorious cracker known as either "HASH" or "Rev0lver" was spotted trying to sell access to the BBC site around known hacker haunts, but it's unknown whether anyone bought their way in or if the FTP portal allegedly breached actually had anything of use within. [Reuters]