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Man claims ‘Anonymous’ affiliation after abortion clinic hack

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, March 9, 2012 14:54 EDT
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Masks from the film "V for Vendetta," popularized by the "Anonymous" movement. Photo: Shutterstock, all rights reserved.
 
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Scotland Yard arrested a 27-year-old London man on Friday after he allegedly hacked into an abortion provider’s secure database, compromising the private data of about 9,000 people, The Associated Press reported Friday.

The individual, an anti-abortion extremist who has not been named, allegedly claimed to be a member of the hacking collective “Anonymous,” an online movement based on the premise that essentially anyone can be a member simply by claiming the affiliation.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said the hacker did not obtain detailed medical information about their patients, but he did access a list of names and contact information of people who had communicated with the health provider online.

They tipped off police that the hack may have been related to a Twitter user. After a brief investigation, the account’s owner was arrested, police said.

“Anonymous” hackers are not typically known for pursuing anti-abortion causes, instead largely choosing to hack  corporations, governments and other groups they see as threatening human rights, consumer rights and the freedom of speech.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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