BBC Server Hacked by Russian Who Tried to Sell Access

The cyber criminal, known as "HASH" and "Rev0lver," reached out to other hackers on Christmas Day.

A Russian hacker took over a computer server at the BBC on Christmas Day and tried to sell access to other hackers, Reuters reported.

Hold Security LLC, a cybersecurity firm based in Milwaukee, first spotted the attack after a notorious hacker known by the handles "HASH" and "Rev0lver" tried to sell access to other cyber criminals, Alex Holden, the company's founder and chief information security officer, told Reuters. The hacker reportedly offered up copies of files that only somebody with inside access could have as proof that he or she had successfully hacked into the system.

A BBC spokesman declined to comment, but an anonymous source told Reuters that the broadcaster responded to the issue on Saturday and believes the site is secure again. Holden said there is no evidence that the hackers stole any information.

The BBC, and other media companies, such as The New York Times, have been targeted by hackers, including the Syrian Electronic Army, in recent months. The Times also revealed in January that it was repeatedly attacked over four months by Chinese hackers who obtained employees' passwords. It also was attacked again in May by unidentified hackers.