Texas Right to Life says it plans to reboot abortion whistleblower website

UPDATE, 12:41 p.m. Texas Right to Life now indicates when the site will go live after security updates are complete and the timeline is filed.

After being let down by other web hosts, such as GoDaddy and Epik, for its anonymous abortion reporting line, Texas Right to Life said Thursday it has found a new web host and expects the site to be backed up by Friday evening.

Texas Right to Life has created an anonymous reporting system where anyone can leave information about those who violate SB 8, a law that prohibits abortions after detection of fetal heart activity or about six weeks. The law, which took effect Sept. 1, is being enforced by private citizens suing providers or anyone who “aids or abets” such an abortion. Winning plaintiffs could receive a minimum of $10,000 plus attorney’s fees if successful.

Kimberlyn Schwartz, communications director for Texas Right to Life, said the organization found a new host, but declined to name.

The prolifewhistleblower.com site is currently redirecting to the organization’s site but will become active again by Friday evening.

“We anticipate the office closing tomorrow,” said Elizabeth Graham, vice president of Texas Right to Life.

Graham said that before the site was shut down, he had received advice, but at that time none of it had resulted in a lawsuit.

“The good news is that it looks like the abortion industry is complying with the new law, which is exactly what we wanted,” Graham said.

After creating prolifewhistleblower.com, the organization received backlash on Twitter and TikTok. Prompt a user to create a script to automatically feed fake reports into the website’s advice box, as reported by Motherboard.

Its original website host, GoDaddy, started them last week, so the group moved to host Epik. Epik has removed Texas Right to Life for violating their terms of service, Sarah Frank said in an email shared to Twitter.

The organization also suffered a data breach over the weekend that exposed the personal details of 300 job applicants.

A website bug allowed anyone to access resumes on the site because they were stored in an unprotected directory, as reported by Tech crunch.

“Yeah, we got hacked, all of these people were told that some pro-abortion hackers reached this, you know, found their information, and we alerted them to this. But that was the only area of ​​vulnerability on our website. So the hackers kind of did us a favor because now we know that was a weak spot,” Graham said.

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