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Activists Attack Planned Parenthood Websites Second Time In a Week

Activists Attack Planned Parenthood Websites Second Time In a Week

by Elliot MarasJuly 30, 2015

Planned Parenthood claimed computer hackers hindered traffic to its websites on Wednesday, the second cyber attack against the organization this week as a controversy continues over the group’s alleged sales of aborted fetal tissue, according to Reuters.

The Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood Action websites suffered a wide-scale “distributed denial-of-service,” or DDoS, attack, clogging the websites, the health care organization said. Planned Parenthood Action is the organization’s political branch.

In such attacks, massive amounts of data flood a web server to block access for regular users.

Planned Parenthood Moves Websites Offline

The organization restored service shortly after the attack. But it decided to keep its websites offline for the remainder of the day “to ensure that we are fully protected,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Planned Parenthood redirected website visitors to its Facebook page for the time being, Laguens said. The sites serve some 200,000 people a day who seek information on reproductive health, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, parenting, abortion and other topics.

The attack, she said, “only shows how far opponents of safe and legal abortion will go.” It was the second time in as many days that hackers reportedly breached Planned Parenthood’s websites.

On Tuesday, the organization notified the FBI that “extremists who oppose Planned Parenthood’s mission and services” had launched an attack on its information systems.

Planned Parenthood gave few details of the first incident, except to say the privacy and safety of its staff had been threatened. The Daily Dot, a news website, reported that hackers had gained access to the website databases and the names and email addresses of Planned Parenthood employees.

The Daily Dot reported the hackers called themselves “social justice warriors,” and planned to soon release Planned Parenthood’s internal emails.

Also read: President Obama rumored to create government agency for cyber-attacks

Secret Videos Over Fetal Tissue Sales Raise Scrutiny

Planned Parenthood has faced scrutiny in recent weeks after critics charged that a pair of secretly-recorded videos showed the group to be involved in illegally selling aborted fetal tissue for medical research.

Planned Parenthood claims it has broken no laws since abortion providers are permitted to charge costs to cover expenses associated with fetal tissue donations. On Wednesday, the group called for a blue-ribbon panel to review its fetal tissue research policies.

Senate Republicans are trying to eliminate all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, $500 million a year, and redirect the money to other providers of women’s health.

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  • scottwsomerville

    Are we sure it was a hack? I tried to access their site to protest what certainly LOOKS like fetal tissue sales, and all I got was a button that let me donate money or send a “thank you Planned Parenthood” note. So I told them what I thought about the videos in my “thank you.”

    Maybe there are just a lot more people trying to contact Planned Parenthood than usual. Remember how crashed the first time people actually tried to use it? I doubt that was designed for several million irate users at one time.

    Bottom line: how do we know this was really a hack?

  • These are the same Planned Parenthood who teach children as young as 13 how to have bondage sex right… These people are nuts. They plan for everyone to not be parents.
    Their very name is Faults Advertisement.
    I am sick of bigots sticking up for this organisation that discriminates based on Age.
    By logic, a separate beings is not her body. They are two scientific different body’s and entity’s.
    To hate, stop the murder of 66-million lifeforms, just cause bigots choose to discriminate based on age.
    In many cultures around the world, your age is counted from the moment it is known you are developing in the womb.

    • englishvinal

      Neat… never saw that before.
      The “movement” has managed to kill off over 60 million potential citizens… at the point in time where the NEED for re-population of north America is critical. The people are way short of reproducing themselves now, and were it not for the influx of foreigners… the birth rate would alarm even the most dense of the inhabitants.

      Russia is doing everything to encourage people to have children, the Russian government recognizes the need to replenish their people… they do not intend to vanish off the face of the earth.. Russia intends to grow, prosper and thrive….

      Anybody listening ???? Or all all the zombies past the point where basic logic and calculations resonate?