Planned Parenthood shuts down website after second hack

Planned Parenthood shuts down website after second hack
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Planned Parenthood shut down its website Wednesday after it was hit by a second cyberattack within one week.

Officials confirmed Wednesday evening that the group was hit by a “denial of service attack” — a tactic that sends massive amounts of traffic to a site at one time to shut it down.

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“We deeply regret that in order to more fully protect our websites from these extremist attacks, our full online content will be temporarily unavailable to people looking for good, accurate health information,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood’s political arm, said in a statement.

She added that the group is “taking every measure possible to mitigate any criminal efforts to undermine our mission and services.”

The website was back up minutes after the attack, but officials decided to temporarily keep the site offline “to ensure that we are fully protected.”

Two days earlier, Planned Parenthood reported hackers had attempted to infiltrate the organization, potentially exposing sensitive data on its employees.

Laguens said then the organization had notified the Department of Justice about the potential breach.

It is unclear if the two incidents are related.