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BBC Server - briefly compromised on Christmas Day

Reuters shares that BBC server was briefly compromised on Christmas Day

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/29/us-bbc-cyberattack-idUSBRE9BS06K20131229

QUOTE: A hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC, Britain's public broadcaster, and then launched a Christmas Day campaign to convince other cyber criminals to pay him for access to the system. While it is not known if the hacker found any buyers, the BBC's security team responded to the issue on Saturday and believes it has secured the site, according to a person familiar with the cleanup effort. Reuters could not determine whether the hackers stole data or caused any damage in the attack, which compromised a server that manages an obscure password-protected website. It was not clear how the BBC, the world's oldest and largest broadcaster, uses that site, though ftp systems are typically used to manage the transfer of large data files over the Internet.