Child custody

Hackers target Boston Children’s Hospital

April 24th, 2014


Cyber security hackers have made various attempts to crack Boston Children’s Hospital website. It was observed that hackers aim was to overload the Children’s website and potentially expose hospital’s internal network. According to reports, no attack was successful. Also, according to Children’s hospital no data has been illegally accessed.

Hospital has to shut down some web pages due to this hacking incident. As a result of which many patients were not able to access the details related to appointments, test results, and other case information. This attacks has not been linked to hackers group, Anonymous directly- But there seems connection for the attacks and group’s involvement in the Justina Pelletier (a Children’s patient) child custody case

Children’s chief executive Sandra Fenwick told employees that “multiple attacks, designed to bring the site down by overwhelming its capacity” and that the hospital “received a direct, credible threat against our internal network, including staff and patient information…”

It is believed that Anonymous is specifically targeting Children’s Hospital because of the Justina Pelletier case. According to reports, hospital believed that she had psychiatric and not physical problems. Since then Anonymous is involved in the campaign against the hospital. Boston Children’s Hospital has filed child abuse charges against Pelletier’s family following it seeking treatment for her alleged intestinal and other issues

Anonymous said, “To the Boston Children’s Hospital why do you employ people that clearly do not put patients first?” continued as “We demand that you terminate Alice W. Newton from her employment or you to shall feel the full unbridled wrath of Anonymous. Test us and you shall fail.”

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