Planned Parenthood website hacked by ‘anti-abortion extremists’
Fri 31 Jul 2015
On Tuesday we reported that women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood had notified the FBI to a cyberattack on its employee database.
Now, the same group of anti-abortionist hackers have taken down the Planned Parenthood website with a huge DDoS attack.
The hacks have allegedly been conducted following a leaked video showed employees discussing the procurement of fetal tissues. Although it is a legal practice in the name of medical research, the issue is highly controversial in the U.S.
Planned Parenthood tweeted about the attacks, directly accusing “anti-abortion extremists.”
Earlier today users visiting plannedparenthood.org were presented with a message reading: “Our site is not available due to an attack by extremists.”
An updated message now reads: “Our normal site is currently undergoing maintenance.”
Executive Vice President at Planned Parenthood Dawn Laguens commented: “Today, the Planned Parenthood websites experienced a wide scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, a hacker tactic to overwhelm websites with massive amounts of traffic to block any legitimate traffic from getting in…”
It has since been revealed that the attack to the Planned Parenthood servers had been conducted via ‘Blind SQL’ – a vector which is able to infiltrate a system by inserting hidden error messages into its database.
The group claiming responsibility for the hacks are calling themselves 3301 – a band of “social justice warriors.” A spokesperson for the hackers, known as ‘E’, said that the group wanted to expose Planned Parenthood for “trying to mold an atrocious monstrosity into social acceptable behaviors.”
“It’ll be interesting to see what surfaces when [Planned Parenthood] is stripped naked and exposed to the public,” said E.
“So here we are, the social justice warriors, seeking to reclaim some sort of lulz for the years and thousands of dollars that Planned Parenthood have wasted and made harvesting your babies,” a 3301 statement read.