State Police Investigating Attacks On Hospital Website

BOSTON — State Police are investigating whether multiple attacks on the website for Boston Children’s Hospital are from the Internet computer hacker group Anonymous, which has criticized the hospital over the Justina Pelletier case.

Last month, Anonymous posted a video threatening the hospital.

In the video, the narrator calls for employees to be fired:

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

The residential facility where Pelletier has been living since January says it has had some limited disruptions in its computer service.

Pelletier was brought to Children’s last year for treatment of intestinal issues, but doctors said her problems were psychiatric. The hospital filed medical child abuse charges against Pelletier’s parents and the state placed her in its custody.

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  • gotham77

    They are involving themselves in an issue that they don’t understand and which is simply none of their business. And it’s not the first time Anonymous had vandalized websites over things they don’t understand.

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  • cuvtixo

    I don’t condone Anonymous’ tactics in any way, but I think it is important to point out that the website is quite different, and very probably entirely separate, from the rest of the hospital’s networks and computer infrastructure. It is equivalent to defacing a sign outside of the hospital. More of a prank than a felony.
    It might be more appropriate for law enforcement (although even then probably not the state police) to get involved if the actual functioning or infrastructure of the hospital was attacked. But this reminds me of the 2007 bomb scare which turned out to be (obviously in hindsight) an advertisement for an animated movie. I have to agree with gotham77. A response by police is not called for here. Moreover the issue raised by Anonymous is cogent. Maybe the police should be investigating the hospital instead of its critics.

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