The British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) websites were shut down Thursday morning by what is believed to have been a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
The BBC tweeted a statement Thursday morning saying it was “currently experiencing some technical issues” and that it “working as quickly as possible to resolve them.”
We're aware of a technical issue affecting the BBC website and are working to fix this now. We'll update you as soon as we can.— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) December 31, 2015
The site was down until midday when the BBC tweeted another statement apologizing for the incident and announcing that the website was operating normally, though some pages reportedly took longer than normal to load.
The BBC speculated that a DDoS attack caused the "patchy response" on the site but has yet to confirm, according to a BBC report.
The attack also affected BBC associated services including the iPlayer Radio app and iPlayer video on demand service. In July 2014, the iPlayer app was down for an entire weekend due technical problems with a database.