Saturday 16 December 2017

Youth Defence reports website hacking

Sam Griffin

ANTI-ABORTION campaign group Youth Defence has complained to the gardai after its website was hacked yesterday morning.

The group said the hacking was "illegal and utterly pointless" and claim it breached data protection laws.

The homepage of the Youth Defence website was replaced with a more than 2,400-word article which described the anti-abortion campaign group as "the seed of more hatred here that any group in a long time".

The article also claimed the group was "extremist" and said it was going to expose "right-wing connections" that were financing its activities.

The article entitled "This is not the hate-filled truth-distorting website you're looking for" remained in place for several hours before the whole website was eventually taken offline. No group has taken responsibility for the attack.

The article included links to other articles about Youth Defence, and initially, private mailing lists which the article claimed were subscribers to the website.

These were later removed and replaced with the message: "Users list deleted. Sorry, didn't think about the privacy concerns. Everybody is allowed their own views."

Youth Defence said in a statement that they had reported the hack.

"We have reported this incident to the gardai. Publishing private mailing lists should demonstrate, with utter finality, who the real extremists are in this debate," said spokesperson Clare Molloy.

Irish Independent

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