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Sunday, 17 November 2013

TV Licensing Website Hacked?


We don't believe in coincidences here at the TV Licensing Blog.

Yesterday global hacktivist group Anonymous, known for their distinctive Guy Fawkes masks, protested at several key BBC sites around the country. Yesterday evening the TV Licensing website crashed for the first time we can ever remember.  The site has been down for the last 15 hours at the time of writing.

Anonymous hates the BBC almost as much as we do. They accuse the BBC of institutional corruption and turning a blind eye to paedophilia. Just today the national media has reported new evidence that suggests BBC management at the very highest level were desperately trying to hide the full extent of Jimmy Savile's crimes.

The best of luck to Anonymous in their continuing quest to hold the BBC to account.

Edit: Please note that the image shown above is for illustrative purposes only.

15 comments:

Ray Turner said...

I'm sure that TV Licencing will recover fairly quickly, but I find it amazing that the hackers could get anywhere near that site.

Institutional incompetence as well as institutional corruption methinks...

Anonymous said...

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend". Well done Anonymous. BBC scum.

Watchkeeper said...

"Capita has a proven track record of providing secure, efficient ICT solutions as a managed service for organisations across the Public Sector, including Local Authorities, Central Government bodies and the Emergency services."

Capita Secure Information Solutions

Mouth, meet Foot.

Anonymous said...

not protected site simple http can be accessed in seconds,also many employees sell passwords

Anonymous said...

It was a ddos attack. It wasn't hacked.

admin said...

Hacked, DDoS or whatever... the outcome is the same.

TV Licensing were seriously inconvenienced and made to look stupid.

That's good!

vernon said...

Self appointed arbiters of justice serve no useful purpose other than to massage their own inflated egos.

While denying access to the licensing site can be construed as inconveniencing the BBC it also deprives law abiding citizens the right to access a legitimate web site and use it for its intended purpose.

Chris said...

I have no love for the BBC or their lawless Capita strike force, but I can't agree that a DDoS on their site, resulting in it going down, is a good outcome.

What would you think if your site was taken offline in the same way and you found Capita praising the scum who did it? I suspect you'd take the polar opposite view.

By all means criticise the BBC and Capita for their horrendous behaviour - god knows there's enough of that - but please don't play into their hands by condoning illegal activity against them. They'll be more than happy to turn that against you.

admin said...

If we suffered the same fate, I would fully expect expect the BBC and Capita to rub their hands in glee.

We wouldn't encourage anyone to do what Anonymous (we think) has, however, as it's happened already, it would be dishonest to say we weren't smiling.

Chris said...

Fair enough, but I was referring mainly to your closing comment:

"The best of luck to Anonymous in their continuing quest to hold the BBC to account."

Whoever it is is not trying to hold the BBC to account. They are vandalising sites by criminally interfering with them.

I can hear the Capita cogwheels turning already... "TV Licensing Blog condones criminal activity such as license evasion and hacking".

We already know that Capita get drunk on their own perceived authority, they would love this.

Anonymous said...

Still can't use the site and I'm trying to a refund sorted. Hope these idiots don't start on the National Grid or something really critical Idiots

RobDaNet said...

I just want to report my experience: I can access their site by a Vista box and a Window 7 laptop. Also from an Android smart phone. No page can be reached from two Linux boxes, one with Linux Mint 15 and another one with Ubuntu 13.10.
It seems to me (at least in my case) that they are blocking machines with Linux OSs. Please report here if you are experiencing something similar. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I am unable to access the TV Licensing site tonight - I am using a Mac and Safari. Not sure if the site is down, been hacked, or just won't allow people with Macs to access the site...

Anonymous said...

Am using Internet Explorer on an Acer laptop and cannot access TV Licensing site. Is it still down?

Anonymous said...

Down for me since yesterday. Tried Chrome, FF, IE, Torch. Nothing.