On GitHub, a website for sharing and collaborating on software code, another programmer, Jonathan Díaz, released a script and posted a link to a new app, Pro-Life Buster, that allows people automatically spam the Texas site with “bogus advice.” The developer wrote that the script is a way to fight the law because “nobody knows about people’s abortions.”
By Thursday night, the app showed that 1,000 new reports had been shared.
Mr. Díaz said the app exists to flood the website with data that looks authentic but is fabricated. “The aim is to waste these people’s time and resources so they wake up and realize that the effort isn’t worth their time,” he said Friday.
These techniques, known as “hacktivism,” are becoming increasingly popular. Last year, TikTok teenagers and Korean pop fans flooded the protest website for former President Donald J. Trump with fake registrations – and then never showed up, leaving thousands of seats empty. clearly. Anonymous, the loose hacking collective, has opposed policies from the Vatican, the CIA, and others by flooding their websites with junk traffic to try to force them offline.
Kim Schwartz, a spokesman for Texas Right to Life, denied that the group’s website was flooded with false reports. “We knew this was going to happen and we were prepared,” she said. “Activists have been trying to spam and take down the site for a week without success.”
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Even so, the team’s website appeared to be periodically locked on Thursday and dropped below a load of reports, according to screenshots posted to Reddit and other sites. Separately late Friday, a judge in Travis County, Texas, issued a temporary restraining order on the Right to Live in Texas, preventing it from suing Planned Parenthood and enforcing abortion restrictions.
To prevent a flood of automated reports on their site, the administrators of Texas Right to Life added a new version of Captcha, a program that attempts to filter real human feedback from reports. automatic computer.
But some hackers still exist. One person posted a screenshot on Reddit of a fake report that pointed to some of Marvel’s Avengers as abortionists. On Twitter, people have posted screenshots of other fake tips. One user sarcastically reported that he wanted to have a retroactive abortion of his 30-year-old son, who doesn’t appear to be leaving the house.