Activists from the hacker collective Nameless took down the web site of the Texas Republican Get together in protest towards a restrictive regulation that has the effect of banning most abortions.
The regulation, SB8, which took impact on Sept. 1, 2021, bans abortions at about six weeks. The enforcement mechanism specified by the regulation permits any personal citizen to sue “any person” who performs such abortions, or “aids or abets” them.
The regulation blocks entry to an estimated 85 to 90% of medical system-provided abortion providers, and offers no exceptions for instances involving rape or incest.
The regulation was overwhelmingly backed by Texas Republicans and signed by the state’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott. In response, Nameless announced a marketing campaign, dubbed “Operation Jane,” to render knowledge collected in efforts to report abortions ineffective.
As a part of that marketing campaign, Nameless hackers took down the Texas GOP’s web site and changed it with, amongst different issues, an X-rated picture of a person stretching out his anus. (There may be an archived version of the hacked website, however view with warning: It’s graphic.) Hackers additionally changed the state GOP’s mission assertion with one which learn, partly, “WE REALLY REALLY LOVED THE HANDMAID’S TALE AND WISH TO ENACT IT TO IT’S FULLEST. FOOTBALL!!!!!!”
Texas Republicans acknowledged the vandalism with a press release on their web site claiming it prompted them to ramp up their on-line safety. The assertion was accompanied by fields permitting web site guests to enter their fee card info and make a donation. The assertion reads, partly, “Stand with us now against these cyber criminals and their brazen attacks by rushing a contribution to harden our digital defenses.”
Simply days after the regulation went into impact, a web site launched by the anti-abortion group Texas Proper to Life which was meant for reporting abortions that violated the new regulation was taken offline by area host GoDaddy after a public strain marketing campaign.
Nameless is a unfastened collective of, as the title states, nameless cyber activists who emerged in the late aughts to help standard protest actions like the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Avenue. They’re identified for making ominous movies addressed to their hacking targets ending with the phrase, “Expect us,” and carrying Man Fawkes masks to hide their identities.
Nameless’ presence peaked round the time of the Occupy Wall Avenue protests, in 2011 and 2012, however died down after a collection of excessive profile arrests. They started to make their presence known again after the homicide of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in Might 2020.
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