The BBC has confirmed a cyber attack was responsible for its site going down earlier today.
A tweet from the organisation's technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, confirmed that the site had suffered a DDoS - a distributed denial of service attack.
Sources - BBC suffered a DdOS - a distributed denial of service attack. But services are now being restored— Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) December 31, 2015
The BBC published a story soon after, stating: "All the BBC's websites were unavailable early on Thursday morning because of a large web attack."
DdOS is technique used to crash websites by overwhelming it with too much traffic.
BBC readers and listeners were left in despair today, when the site failed to load at around 7:00AM.
Around three hours later, its press office tweeted: "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."
In its earlier coverage of the incident, it reported the "fault was traced to a database that sits behind the catch-up TV service."
The BBC press office did not comment on the web attack in their tweet confirming services were "now back up and operating normally."
The BBC website is now back up and operating normally. We apologise for any inconvenience you may have experienced.— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) December 31, 2015