Planned Parenthood Playing Defense as Hackers Claim to Have Revealed Organization’s Employees

At least eight states, congressional leaders and numerous Republican presidential hopefuls have now called for investigations into whether Planned Parenthood clinics have violated laws that prohibit the sale of aborted fetal tissue and organs. The action came after the release of two undercover videos. (Mike Hutmacher, The Wichita Eagle)
At least eight states, congressional leaders and numerous Republican presidential hopefuls have now called for investigations into whether Planned Parenthood clinics have violated laws that prohibit the sale of aborted fetal tissue and organs. The action came after the release of two undercover videos. (Mike Hutmacher, The Wichita Eagle)

Planned Parenthood has been swept up in a storm of controversy in recent weeks, after an antiabortion group started to release undercover videos of officials at the organization discussing how it provides organs from aborted fetuses for research.

Now, even the group’s Web site is on the defense.

Hackers who say they oppose Planned Parenthood claim to have posted a database associated with the organization’s Web site as well as the names and e-mail addresses of employees online.

Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told The Post in an e-mailed statement that the organization has notified the Justice Department and 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,” she wrote. “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.”

The hackers told the Daily Dot that they used an attack that relies on exploiting bugs in the Web site’s database to gain access to information. They also claimed to have encrypted internal Planned Parenthood e-mails, but no such e-mails appear to have been leaked as part of the attack so far.

Additionally, there has been no indication that Planned Parenthood’s patient information has been accessed.

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SOURCE: Abby Ohlheiser and Andrea Peterson
The Washington Post

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