JUST OVER A MONTH after a hacker pleaded guilty to attacking its web site, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has said that it is still being attacked.
Reports published today suggest that the group has become a scapegoat for just about anyone with a grievance and an internet connection since James Jeffery, 27, pleaded guilty last month. However, though reports suggest that the scale of the problem is serious, according to BPAS that is not quite the case.
"If anything what we saw in the wake of Jeffrey's attack is lower than what we expected," said a spokesperson in response to questions about a dramatic ramp-up in online attacks in apparent revenge for Jeffery's sentencing, which saw him jailed for over two years.
Earlier, when the sentence was announced BPAS looked to be turning the page on the matter.
"This was one of the most extreme examples of anti-abortion activity we have seen. We are grateful to the police for the swift action they took to apprehend Mr Jeffery and are glad the matter is now resolved," said BPAS chief executive Ann Furedi at the time.
However, attacks have continued, but to a much lower degree. "The 2,500 attempts we've seen were not done by individuals and were all low scale, these are not coordinated attacks and even if they did breach the web site, there's no data there anymore," added the spokesperson.
When the BPAS web site was hacked in early March it said that it had seen 26,000 attacks in a six hour period. µ
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