Friday, April 13, 2012

Anti-abortionist computer hacker jailed

27-year old James Jeffery defaced the British Pregnancy Advisory Service website with an anti-abortion statement and the Anonymous logo, and stole personal information about some 10,000 women. Jeffery was tracked down through his Internet service provider address, and pleaded guilty to two charges under the Computer Misuse Act.

The court heard that 60,000 women contact BPAS every year and 53,000 have abortions under their supervision. The hacker used "learning penetration testing software" to get into the website. When Jeffery was arrested, police found his computer was "in the process of being wiped clean". Shaun Wallace, defending, said Jeffery "is not a staunch anti-abortionist. He is a bit of a computer whizkid." Judge Michael Gledhill QC told Jeffery: "Just as many people disagree with the view you held, many do agree. However, those who find abortion repugnant do not use this as an excuse to justify deliberately committing offences."

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