The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has reportedly suffered a cyber-attack following a campaign by Iranian authorities against its Persian service, reports Reuters. There were also reports that there were attempts to jam satellite feeds of the BBC services into Iran and to swamp its London phone lines with automated calls.
“It now looks as if those who seek to disrupt or block BBC Persian may be widening their tactics,” director-general Mark Thompson said in the extracts of his speech, which the BBC released in advance. “There was a day recently when there was a simultaneous attempt to jam two different satellite feeds of BBC Persian into Iran, to disrupt the Service’s London phone-lines by the use of multiple automatic calls, and a sophisticated cyber-attack on the BBC,” he said.
BBC Persian provides Farsi-language TV, radio as well as online services. The BBC’s TV service has often been jammed and is only available to owners of illegal satellite receivers. All BBC Persian service staff work outside Iran. There are no comments from Iranian authorities but we will keep an eye on this and will update it more soon we grab more information.