Nobody expects the Russian Inquisition.
Last week, the BBC lost communication with one of their major FTP servers as it was taken over by a prolific Russian hacker who flies through fibre-optics under the moniker of “HASH”.
Shortly after gaining access, HASH started posting the spoils of his efforts on an underground marketplace that traffics in big name cracks. It’s unknown whether anyone actually took the bait before the BBC regained control of their content the next day, although the evidence of his deed should be make itself clear in the next few days.
First identified by researchers at Hold Security LLC, the cybersecurity firm located the source of the hole used by HASH, and notified the BBC shortly after on how they could patch the problem back up.
The Christmas morning hack appears to have been solely for financial gain, although Hold is still unable to find any links that suggests HASH took anything of importance while he was rooting around in their servers. It is not uncommon for a crack like this to go for several thousand dollars on the black market, and hackers are known to relay the code from one forum to the next in an effort to get as many fresh eyes on the subject as possible.
The BBC has already come under fire this year from the terrorist organization known as the “Syrian Electronic Army”, who support the current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and oppose any threats to his power or regime.