An incognito group of anti-abortion activists claimed to have hacked the website of Planned Parenthood late Sunday, according to a report from the online publication The Daily Dot.
The group, identifying themselves as “3301”, told The Daily Dot that it gained access to Planned Parenthood’s website databases as well as names and email addresses of its employees.
The alleged hackers hinted at the recently reported controversy that has surrounded Planned Parenthood in light of two secretly recorded videos featuring Planned Parenthood executives discussing various prices of fetal tissue specimens.
“We’ve noticed quite a lot of attention has been diverted to a supposedly malicious organization known as Planned Parenthood,” 3301’s website reportedly stated. “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.”
“Trying to mold an atrocious monstrosity into socially acceptable behaviors is repulsive,” a hacker identified only as “E” told The Daily Dot. “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.”
The group reportedly pledged to release internal Planned Parenthood emails “soon.”
The cyberattack has not been confirmed by Planned Parenthood, and it appears that the organization has not yet identified any security breach. “We think we have really good security, especially on flagging suspicious behavior,” Planned Parenthood Chief Information Officer Tom Subak told The Daily Dot. “We have not [received any flags].”
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement Monday that the claims are being investigated. “We take security very seriously and are investigating. It’s unsurprising that those opposed to safe and legal abortion are participating in this campaign of harassment against us and our patients, and claiming to stoop to this new low,” Laguens said.