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BBC says it is under cyber attack from Iran

Persian news targeted
Wed Mar 14 2012, 16:29

BRITISH BROADCASTER The BBC is claiming to be under a cyber attack directed from Iran.

The organisation said that the "sophisticated cyber-attack" could be aimed at shutting down its BBC Persian Service, and BBC director general Mark Thompson is calling the attack "suspicious".

The BBC reports that Thompson will give a speech at the Royal Television Society in which he will say, "We regard the coincidence of these different attacks as self-evidently suspicious," and tell those in attendance that Iran might also behind attempts to jam phone lines at the organisation.

"I don't want to go into any more detail about these incidents except to say that we are taking every step we can, as we always do, to ensure that this vital service continues to reach the people who need it," he will add.

Iran came up as one of Reporters Without Borders' Enemies of the Internet, for its anti-freedom activities, and this is not the first time that it has troubled Thompson enough to comment.

Earlier this month he complained about attacks on journalists in a BBC blog, saying that they deal with "relentless pressure".

"In recent months, we have witnessed increased levels of intimidation alongside disturbing new tactics. This includes an attempt to put pressure on those who work for BBC Persian outside Iran, by targeting family members who still live inside the country," he wrote.

"We remain extremely concerned about these actions by the Iranian authorities and the latest case only serves to underline this." µ


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