Abortion Provider Hit by 2,500 Cyber Attacks Following Hacker's Arrest

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BBC News reports that the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has experienced 2,500 hacking attempts in the time since James Jeffery was arrested for stealing personal information on 10,000 women from the organization's database.

"So where are these latest hacking attempts coming from? It is difficult to say," writes The New Statesman's Samira Shackle. "The IP addresses suggest that almost half of the computers used during these hacking attempts come from the US. However, as the BBC points out, the nature of hacking means it is impossible to say with any certainty that this means the hackers are US-based."

"A spokesman from the charity, which treats around 55,000 women a year across a range of maternity issues, tried to play down the attempted hack attacks -- as some hackers are believed to have launched hundreds of attacks within the space of a few minutes," writes The Telegraph's Emma Barnett.

"The abortion provider -- which also provides emergency contraception, free pregnancy testing and vasectomy services -- said that the details of women who had registered with the site were safeguarded against the failed attacks," The Register reports.

"'The police have been extremely supportive of BPAS but there has been no need to engage their services in these low level incidents which have caused no disruption nor compromised us or the safety of women's data,' said Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at the abortion provider," writes BusinessWeek's Cassandra Vinograd.