The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) suspects Iranian authorities might be responsible for sophisticated cyber-attacks against it, reports Reuters.
According to BBC director-general Mark Thompson, cyber attacks are being executed against the Persian service of BBC.
“It now looks as if those who seek to disrupt or block BBC Persian may be widening their tactics,” said Thompson in a speech.
Thompson also said that attempts are being made to jam satellite feeds of BBC services into Iran. Hackers are also attempting to overload BBC’s London phone lines with automated calls.
“There was a day recently when there was a simultaneous attempt to jam two different satellite feeds of BBC Persian into Iran, to disrupt the Service’s London phone-lines by the use of multiple automatic calls, and a sophisticated cyber-attack on the BBC,” Thompson said.
In February, BBC had accused Iranian authorities of threatening BBC journalists to quit the Persian news service. All the Western journalists who work for the BBC’s Persian service live outside Iran. However, the Iranian government doesn’t like them much and views their presence in the region with suspicion.
Thompson did not directly accuse Tehran for the cyber-attacks, but expressed the timing of the attacks as “self-evidently suspicious”.
“It is difficult, and may prove impossible, to confirm the source of these attacks, though attempted jamming of BBC services into Iran is nothing new and we regard the coincidence of these different attacks as self-evidently suspicious,” he said.