Update: 2 p.m. with a statement from Planned Parenthood. Anti-abortion activists reportedly attacked Planned Parenthood's website late Sunday, releasing its website database and employee email and password information. "Obviously what [Planned Parenthood] does is a very ominous practice. It'll be interesting to see what surfaces when [Planned Parenthood] is stripped naked and exposed to the public," one of the hackers told The Daily Dot. The group behind the hack, "3301," plans to publicly release internal emails they stole soon, as well. However, as of early Monday morning, Planned Parenthood Chief Information Officer Tom Subak said the company had not detected any suspicious activity on the site, but they are investigating the matter. "We've seen the claims around attempts to access our systems. We take security very seriously and are investigating," Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Executive Vice President told Refinery29 in a statement."It's unsurprising that those opposed to safe and legal abortion are participating in this campaign of harassment against us and our patients, and claiming to stoop to this new low." The politically-minded hackers apparently had bigger plans they were unable to carry out: They wanted to deface the site, or have it redirect to their Twitter account, but weren't successful because the Planned Parenthood website's "backend is so terribly configured" (we'll just chuckle and put this right here).
The alleged hack comes shortly after heated debate surrounding a heavily edited video supposedly showing a top Planned Parenthood executive speaking about selling fetal tissue for research. Planned Parenthood released a statement after the video's release that such claims are untrue. Update: Planned Parenthood confirmed the attack. In a statement from Laguens: "Today Planned Parenthood has notified the Department of Justice and separately the FBI that extremists who oppose Planned Parenthood's mission and services have launched an attack on our information systems, and have called on the world's most sophisticated hackers to assist them in breaching our systems and threatening the privacy and safety of our staff members. We are working with top leaders in this field to manage these attacks. We treat matters of safety and security with the utmost importance, and are taking every measure possible to mitigate these criminal efforts to undermine our mission and services."