Hacker James Jeffery has been sentenced to two years and eight months in jail after pleading guilty to hacking into the website of one of the UK's leading abortion providers.
The 27-year-old Jeffrey received the sentence from Southwark Crown Court on Friday, after admitting to two offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
Crediting the attack to the Anonymous collective, Jeffery hacked into British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) servers on 8 March, defacing its website with an anti-abortion message before stealing details of the site's visitors and threatening to post them online..
BPAS' chief executive Ann Furedi's welcomed the conviction, noting that the attack "was one of the most extreme examples of anti-abortion activity" the organisation had ever seen.
"We [BPAS] are grateful to the police for the swift action they took to apprehend Jeffery and are glad the matter is now resolved," she added.
Though Jeffrey credited the attack to Anonymous, there was confusion regarding the collective's stance on the issue.
Once news of the attack broke many Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous admonished rather than praised Jeffrey's actions.
Jeffrey's sentencing follows the arrest of several other accused hacktivists, including Team Poison's alleged leader 'Trick'.
The unnamed individual believed to be Trick was one of two teenagers arrested by police late last week following the group's high-profile attack on an MI6 anti-terrorism hotline.
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