The infamous computer hacker network known as Anonymous has taken aim at Boston Children’s Hospital over the child-custody case involving Justina Pelletier.
Members of Anonymous had previously attacked the website of Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, the residential health care facility in Framingham where the 15-year old Justina has been living since January.
“Though we do not know the source, we are dismayed and concerned that someone would try to disrupt the important work we do with hundreds of children and families in various community and home settings,” the organization said.
The extent of the attack on Children’s Hospital is unknown. The hospital website remained up on Thursday but other web portals that are used by Children’s doctors and patients were offline Thursday morning.
In a memo sent to Children’s employees Monday, chief executive Sandra Fenwick, said the hospital had been victim of “multiple attacks, designed to bring the site down by overwhelming its capacity.”
Fenwick also said the hospital “received a direct, credible threat against our internal network, including staff and patient information,” and that it had reported the threat to law enforcement authorities.