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Man Admits to Hacking UK Abortion Provider Site

Man Admits to Hacking UK Abortion Provider Site

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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8:57AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Anonymous is not a group. They are a very loosely connected group of hackers from countries around the world and have various political beliefs. They are not a political group. Anyone who is a hacker and participates in their activities can claim membership. This moron was one of them, as was "Sabu"- a TRUSTED and well-known Anonymous hacker who was working for the FBI!

7:23PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

This really does not feel like Anonymous' MO. Jeffrey sounds like an ass.

1:20PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Someone mentioned that computers have been something we have blindly gone along with so far and I will agree with that and expand it some... Computers are not only not going away but we are increasingly putting out private and personal information on them and linking them via the internet. Therefor you have to be willing to accept that people who really want to will be able to access your information. There is nothing that the government can do to stop all of them and there is always the idea of a secret police force watching our every move to prevent us from invading others privacy (self-defeating idea) but that seems a little too "Nineteen Eighty Four" for my liking. I am willing to open all my records to the public (as if anyone would ever be interested in them) because I have never done anything I am ashamed of. I have nothing to hide but I do understand that for those who have some dark secret that they are ashamed of this would be a bad thing. IMHO though maybe we need to accept that hiding out secrets may not be possible for much longer and we should just not do anything we will later be ashamed of.

5:01AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

The man has violated the central tennents of democracy.

Kill him.

11:12PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Sheri S:
It stated very clearly, in the article, "BPAS . . . . provides counseling, consultations on contraception, STI testing, and sterilization services." So, your concern that they do not provide those services is unfounded.

Does that put your mind at rest?

10:01PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Thank you.

7:15PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

If this guy was really part of Anonymous then I will be hugely disappointed in them.

4:33PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

“Religion was invented when the 1st con-man met the 1st fool.”
- Mark Twain

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” -Stephen Hawking

"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men."
-- Voltaire

4:30PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Disgusting person.

4:27PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

So not Anonymous. Seriously.

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