The BBC is currently suffering from intermittent internet service outages this morning. All BBC web-based services have been affected including iPlayer and the main news website.
DownDetector has shown a dramatic rise in reports of the websites being unavailable from around 7am too, the website is showing 500 error pages, with some parts of the website not loading at all, and others partially loading. It seems that radio and television broadcasting services are not affected but many of the services remain offline.
BBC have tweeted an apology via their Twitter account.
We're aware of a technical issue affecting the BBC website and are working to fix this now. We'll update you as soon as we can.
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) December 31, 2015
The last outage that the BBC encountered was back in 2011 due to technical issues and later in 2o12 the BBC revealed that it had been under cyber attack which took its telephone and e-mail services offline. However, the cause of this outage has not currently been confirmed, but we will post more information as we find it.
Poor old @BBC seen to be having troubles with their entire online presence. Or is it just me?
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 31, 2015
Has someone hacked the BBC? Website and iplayer are down for me. IS IT ANONYMOUS? *woooooooh*
— Mint Royale (@MintRoyale) December 31, 2015
— BBC iPlayer (@BBCiPlayer) December 31, 2015
When such a big website goes down, it can be a major inconvenience for quite a lot of people. Especially for a site like BBC, which is a hub for many around the world for breaking news, weather, and so much more.