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BBC Online is mostly back online now, after serious problems overnight and early this morning. Reg readers emailed to report problems from 3am UK time until just before 9am this morning. For most the site was either unavailable, or loading extremely slowly. A BBC spokeswoman said: "Some people have been experiencing problems …


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  1. Richard 31
    Paris Hilton


    We were having problems with one of our sites that uses at around 2am. At that time this entry was missing from DNS making the site pages load slowly. Back now though.

  2. Conrad Longmore

    Don't panic!

    I'm probably not the only one who thought that something truly awful must have happened when the BBC News site went down, remembering what happened to it on 9/11 and 7/7.

  3. StuPC

    Blame the Mail

    I just assumed the Daily Mail was somehow jamming it...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters


    a five-day Virgin Media on-demand services fail, now this. Wot's goin on?

  5. Number6

    Things have Changed

    They now have a BBC ID for people contributing to blogs and Have Your Say. I'm sure that wasn't there yesterday.

    I've also noticed that their audio streams seem to be broken more often since the RealAudio streams were discontinued in favour the iPlayer stuff. My local radio station this morning didn't work via the WM stream, although the iPlayer one seemed OK.

    I have to admit I wondered whether there was some sort of DDOS attack going on.

  6. Anonymous Coward

    @Don't panic!

    Damn right - I had to check sickipedia to make sure nothing cataclysmic had happened!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Funny how...

    ... the media uses 'the whole world' to refer to 'some people' when they want to make a point, and 'some people' to refer to 'the whole world' when they want to dodge a truth.

  8. Duncan Carter
    IT Angle

    But what happened???

    I eMailed the Reg about this about 6 this morning, I'd love to know what happened that took the BBC offline (including it seems the DNS servers).

    So much for 'large' organisations having properly set up systems to avoid downtime...

    Black Helicopters


    Please tell me it was Chinese hackers/ Russina mafia demaning ransoms and confirm my feasible and entertaining speculations.

  10. Gilgamesh

    Someone unplugged it?

    when I checked around 2.30am, only one of the listed DNS servers was responding to pings

  11. Andrew Dancy


    The BBC website hosting isn't done by Siemens now is it? According to Lord Gnome's wonderful organ they have been doing a less than stellar job with the rest of the BBC tech infrastructure recently...

  12. Cortland Richmond

    Not to worry...

    REUTERS was still up!

  13. Keith Templeman

    Al happened earlier than acknowledged

    I had a problem accessing the BBC site from 16:00 on the 5th, when an iPlayer feed I was listening to stopped. Trying to access produced a rather dubious looking holding page (copy available on request). Certainly looked to me like they'd been hacked, most likely via their DNS.

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