The UK’s main abortion provider (BPAS British Pregnancy Advice Service) is currently appealing against a £200,000 fine after having their system hacked by an anti-abortion campaigner who took the information of thousands of women requesting abortion advice. The hacker and member of anti-abortion group ‘Anonymous’, now identified as James Jeffery, 29, from Wednesbury, West Midlands – defaced the service’s website with the Anonymous logo before making threats, which were never carried out. He was primarily intending on positing the names and addresses of the women online but was stopped after a court injunction and has been sentenced to 32 months in jail.
The information commissioner said the personal data was not stored securely and vulnerability in the website’s code allowed the hacker to access the system and locate the information. BPAS also breached the Data Protection Act by keeping the details of callers for five years longer than was necessary.
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