Now just a minute, people! Sure, they crush and dismember unwanted children for a living then supplement their income by selling their body parts, but they would never stoop to a fake hacking!!
This hack was so sudden and caught them so off guard they had a completely scripted html page titled “Campaigns” ready to go just in case.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 30, 2015
Another Twitter user noted that Planned Parenthood was busy crying wolf on Facebook, too:
LOL! Actually @PPact changed their facebook post about the fake “hacking” FOUR TIMES. Wow you suck at false attacks. pic.twitter.com/hvprhrWnuV
— el Sooper ن (@SooperMexican) July 30, 2015
Interestingly, though Planned Parenthood claims to be hacked, they are able to accept donations just fine.
All together, things look pretty suspicious.
A review of the source code of the main page that appears at PlannedParenthood.org shows that as of 9:30 a.m. today, the page is listed as a “Campaign” and uses a specific template named “Site Down Tempalte” (the typo is theirs). The same page then directs visitors to the Facebook page of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political fundraising arm of the nation’s largest abortion provider. The web page for PPAF–which can be accessed via both plannedparenthoodaction.org and ppaction.org–repeats the same hacking claims and contains the exact same source code and template used on the PlannedParenthood.org page.
And that’s where Planned Parenthood’s hacking facade begins to crumble. On the splash page declaring that the organization was hacked, visitors are asked “Why do you stand with Planned Parenthood” and invited to share their stories on a separate page housed at ppaction.org.
And wouldn’t you know it, that page functions perfectly. No sign of hacking. No sign of intrusion. Just a perfectly functional and secure web page that exists solely to build Planned Parenthood’s mailing list.
This supposed attack comes right around the same time that Planned Parenthood hired a new PR firm, SKDKnickerbocker, which promptly sent out a memo to the media instructing them not to cover any videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in the future. Was this hack job cooked up by someone at SKDKnickerbocker? And whoever planned to claim that Planned Parenthood was hacked, why would they not try to cover their tracks more? They don’t even seem to be trying to hide the fact that this was a fake attack, created to raise money and gain sympathy.