On June 26, DataBreaches reported that hacktivists calling themselves SiegedSec claimed to have attacked government servers in Arkansas and Kentucky to protest those states’ abortion bans. As noted at the time, the “attacks” seemed mostly symbolic, as neither server contained any information related to the abortion issue or laws and was all publicly available.
Yesterday, SiegedSec was back with another announcement related to the #OpJane campaign.
SiegedSec is here with another Operation Jane attack!
As part of OpJane, we have decided to attack many Industrial Control Systems throughout the U.S. Many were crashed and shut down, and some were hijacked and we caused chaos within their control system 😉
The more pressure on the government, the merrier!
As time goes on, more systems will be affected.
REMEMBER TO CONVINCE YOUR FRIENDS TO CAUSE MAYHEM!
FUCK THE GOVERNMENT~!
DataBreaches contacted @YourAnonWolf of SiegedSec via email to ask about what appeared to be their somewhat indiscriminate approach.
“Going after the whole govt makes everyone in govt equally to blame and equally punished, doesn’t it?” DataBreaches asked them.
We’re targeting the entirety of the government in attempt to pressure those who are in control of the abortion laws to make changes quickly, We do also plan on targeting more specific anti-abortion entities/individuals, however we are starting off with the ICS attack first.
DataBreaches followed up by pointing out that activists usually have some “ask,” but SiegedSec hasn’t actually demanded any specific change, other than stating that they want abortion laws to change. So what is it that SiegedSec specifically wants to change or to have happen? @YourAnonWolf answered:
We haven’t made a specific statement on what exactly needs to happen, however we aim to achieve a positive change of abortion laws in any states to improve so it is legal for anyone. We’ll watch news on how the laws will change, and if there is no improvement, we’ll continue. If there is improvement, we will slow down or stop attacks.
As previously, DataBreaches continues to urge caution in picking targets or attacking entities, lest good intentions result in bad outcomes.
Comment: Post-publication, Shaun Waterman tweeted:
are you aware that the last claim of “hacking” by SiegedSec turned out to be BS? All scraped from publicly accessible servers. #ThinkBeforeYouLink
DataBreaches had noted that when this site tried to look into the first claimed hack, it seemed pretty much like a “nothingburger” and just publicly available data. But the first paragraph of this report has now been edited to state “As noted at the time, the “attacks” seemed mostly symbolic, as neither server contained any information related to the abortion issue or laws and was all publicly available.”