Anti-Choicers Hack Planned Parenthood, Release Patient And Employee Info

Sunday night, a group of anti-choice hackers attacked Planned Parenthood, releasing critical info about both patients and employees, including passwords, employee names and emails and possibly even the names and information of patients who have obtained reproductive services.

According to one of the hackers who spoke to The Daily Dot and goes by the pseudonym “E,” the attack was politically motivated.

“Trying to mold an atrocious monstrosity into socially acceptable behaviors is repulsive,” said E. “Obviously what [Planned Parenthood] does is a very ominous practice. It’ll be interesting to see what surfaces when [Planned Parenthood] is stripped naked and exposed to the public.”

I’m not sure what they think they’ll be “exposing,” other than people, to serious danger. Then again, the “mission statement” on their website appears to have been written by 12 year-old children and/or frequenters of 4chan, so I don’t think we can expect much.

“We’ve noticed quite a lot of attention has been diverted to a supposedly malicious organization known as Planned Parenthood. The actions of this ‘federation’ are not seen as right in the eyes of the public. 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.”

Ostensibly, this is a reaction to the thoroughly debunked “undercover videos” supposedly showing employees of Planned Parenthood “selling” fetal organs and tissue.

The hacker collective, who call themselves 3301, claim they plan to decrypt and release internal Planned Parenthood emails “soon.”

Planned Parenthood Chief Information Officer Tom Subak told The Daily Dot that he thinks the organization has excellent security, and noted that they have not seen any flags for suspicious activity.

If this whole thing is for real, it is far more serious than the Ashley Madison hack, given the fact that many anti-choice groups have a history of terrorism and violence, and have been known to visit the homes and churches of abortion providers in order to kill them.

**UPDATE**

Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of PPFA, has responded to the hacking in a statement.

“Today Planned Parenthood has notified the Department of Justice and separately the FBI that extremists who oppose Planned Parenthood’s mission and services have launched an attack on our information systems, and have called on the world’s most sophisticated hackers to assist them in breaching our systems and threatening the privacy and safety of our staff members. We are working with top leaders in this field to manage these attacks. We treat matters of safety and security with the utmost importance, and are taking every measure possible to mitigate these criminal efforts to undermine our mission and services.

“Planned Parenthood is the most trusted women’s health care provider in this country, and anti-abortion extremists are willing to do anything to stop women from accessing the reproductive health care they are seeking. Extremists have broken laws, harassed our doctors and patients, produced hack videos, and now are claiming to have committed a gross invasion of privacy — one that, if true, could potentially put our staff members at risk.

“No matter what extremist acts those who oppose safe and legal abortion commit, the fact remains that women and men across America will still need access to basic, reproductive health care: life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, well-woman exams, and yes, safe and legal abortion. As always, we will continue to provide that care, and serve the 2.7 million women, men and young people who rely on us each year.”

[Daily Dot]