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Hacker attacked abortion website

A member of hacking group Anonymous who broke into the website of Britain's biggest abortion provider may also have launched cyber attacks on the CIA, FBI and Houses of Parliament, a court has heard.

James Jeffery, 27, targeted the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) because he "disagreed" with the decisions of two women he knew to terminate their pregnancies. The "zealot" went on to steal around 10,000 database records containing the personal details of vulnerable women which he later intended to publish, the court was told.

Described as an "able" hacker, who boasted of his feat on Twitter, Jeffery also identified "vulnerabilities" on a string of websites for major international organisations.

Police are now investigating alleged hacking offences involving websites for the FBI, CIA, West Midlands Police, the Houses of Parliament, the US navy, Arizona police and Spanish police, London's Westminster Magistrates' Court was told.

The defendant, who admitted two offences under the Computer Misuse Act, showed no emotion as prosecutors outlined the case against him.

The court heard how he set upon the BPAS website after two women, to whom he was close, had abortions. The firm believes its computer servers and website were targeted on 26,000 separate occasions over a six-hour period.

Jeffery also managed to deface its online presence with the Anonymous logo and a message which made his anti-abortion sentiment "quite clear".

He later took to Twitter, under the name Pablo Escobar, to prove he had access to hundreds of names and email addresses by printing the name and log-on details of a BPAS administrator.

The court was told Jeffery, who has previous convictions for theft, cannabis cultivation and assault, has been out of trouble for seven and a half years.

The hacker, of Castle Street, Wednesbury, West Midlands, will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court at a later date after he was remanded in custody.

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