Cyber-attack on BBC Persian Service linked to Iranian intimidation

Graham Cluley

The BBC has reportedly revealed that it suffered a “sophisticated cyber attack” following a campaign of persistent intimidation from the Iranian authorities.

Mark Thompson, the BBC’s director general, is due to give a speech at the Royal Television Society later today, describing how alongside a cyber-attack, BBC Persian’s satellite feeds into Iran have been jammed, and its London phone lines were swamped by automated calls.

In an extract from the speech, released by the BBC in advance, Mark Thompson explains the difficulty of proving the origin of the internet attack:

“It is difficult, and may prove impossible, to confirm the source of these attacks, though attempted jamming of BBC services into Iran is nothing new and we regard the coincidence of these different attacks as self-evidently suspicious.”

“It now looks as if those…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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