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Boston Children’s Hospital was hit with a series of cyber attacks that tried but failed to take down its website, officials told the The Boston Globe.
Children’s released a statement saying no patient data or its internal systems had been compromised. In a statement soon after the incident, spokesman Rob Graham said "Boston Children’s Hospital’s website has been the target of multiple attacks designed to bring down the site by overwhelming its capacity."
Children’s Hospital’s leaders contacted law enforcement authorities, and an investigation suggested that the hacking group known as Anonymous targeted the hospital for its role in the controversial custody case surrounding Justina Pelletier. In March, a Massachusetts juvenile court judge gave permanent custody of the teen to the state, agreeing with Children’s physicians that the parents were not providing correct medical care. Anonymous also claimed responsibility for an earlier attack on the website of Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, the Framingham, MA, facility where the 15-year-old girl lives.