Anti-Abortion Hacker Gets 32 Months in Jail

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Hacker James Jeffery has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for hacking into the Web site of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and stealing personal information on approximately 10,000 women who had registered with the site.

"The dark-haired defendant, wearing a black jacket and jeans, remained impassive as the court heard how he targeted a site used by victims of domestic violence who seek advice on how to deal with unwanted pregnancies," The Huffington Post reports.

"The court was told he intended to publish the data, including names, email addresses and telephone numbers, on an online sharing site but got cold feet," BBC News reports.

"The former software engineer then boasted on Twitter about his hacking achievement, prosecutor Daniel Higgins told the court," according to Metro.co.uk. "He was arrested at his home in Castle Street, Wednesbury in the West Midlands, in the early hours of March 9th, with police having tracked him through his internet service provider address."

"During sentencing at Southwark crown court on Friday, it was revealed that Jeffery was a member of Anonymous who had been in contact with their leader, Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known as Sabu, for more than a year," writes The Guardian's Shiv Malik. "Last month Monsegur was revealed to be working for the FBI as an undercover informant."

"The court was told that Jeffery also admitted to police he had identified 'vulnerabilities' on a string of websites for major international organisations including the FBI, CIA, West Midlands Police, the Houses of Parliament, the US Navy, Arizona police and Spanish police," writes The Independent's Ella Pickover.