On the BBC Internet Blog, Richard Cooper recently reported that due to technical problems there was a total outage of the news site, iPlayer and other BBC related web services.
Although this outage only lasted about one hour it was a web traffic related blackout that was both speculated and reported to be either a Denial of Service attack or a system failure.
Add to that the problem of multiple systems and their backups failing, one can understand why many BBC users began using Twitter and other social traffic sites to spread the news and their discontent.
BBC officials denied that this was a malicious attack by hackers that crashed the website’s servers by swamping it with requests from computers that were also hijacked using malicious software.
The Web Traffic Reporter