The BBC recently reported on the case of James Jeffery, a 27 year old whoís admitted to breaking into the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and stealing nearly 10,000 database records. He claims to be a member of the hacking group Anonymous.
After boasting about his digital break-in, Jeffrey ended up in court, where he admitted to the crime, saying that he was motivated by his disagreement with the choice of two women he knew to abort their pregnancies.
Jeffery had intended to release the personal information about women on the BPAS site who had sought out information on abortions. Eventually, he decided that it would be “wrong” to do so, and backed down. That didnít stop him from defacing the† website, plastering it with the Anonymous logo and a statement. For what itís worth, prosecutors donít believe Jeffery has actually had a change of heart.
The judge who saw him last week denied his request for bail, calling him a zealot with an anti-abortion campaign. She believed that given his hacking abilities, his previous record of targeting sites geared toward victims of domestic violence, and the fact that heíd identified “vulnerabilities” on high-profile websites like the FBI, CIA, and British Houses of Parliament, that he posed a security risk and could not walk free.
BPAS is the UKís largest abortion provider and a non-profit charity both privately and for NHS. Especially troubling is the fact that it provides counseling, consultations on contraception, STI testing, and sterilization services. So many of the women Jeffery targeted likely werenít receiving abortions at all.
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