The official Texas Republican Party website, TexasGOP.org, was hacked on Saturday in retaliation for a new Heartbeat Act that bans abortions in the state six weeks after conception.
Archived versions of the site, which have since gone dark, show it was briefly vandalized for displaying several rude posts and other content mocking and criticizing the Texas Republican Party and the GOP as a whole.
The person (s) who degraded the website also made numerous references to Anonymous, the cowardly hacktivist movement, and incorporated a few specific calling cards typical of internet trolls.
“Pro-abortion hackers changed our webpage for a short time before we took it down,” Texas GOP President Matt Rinaldi said in a statement to the Washington Times later Saturday. “We will increase security and appreciate the hackers who provide us with a fundraising opportunity – funds that we will use to promote even stronger pro-life legislation in Texas. “
Side-by-side comparisons of the site before and after it was compromised show that the hacker (s) responsible for the degradation made a number of updates and other revisions to its home page.
“Giving Texans a Voice to Promote Conservative Philosophy and Principles” has been changed to “Texas: Speaking out for Women to Promote Theocratic Erosion of Church-State Barriers”, for example.
Elsewhere on the site, the Texas GOP mission statement has been amended to: “We are committed to removing all rights from women so that we can live our thriving and breathtaking dream.”
Whoever hacked into the site also uploaded a YouTube video for Rick Astley’s 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” – an act known as “Rick Rolling” – and placed a shocking image known as of “Goatse” prominently on the page.
A warning was also added at the bottom of the page: “Warning: Pirates on steroids are 10 times more effective at romance than 100% of Republicans.” Demonic trans hackers are coming to get you. Abortion is a choice.
“Hackers on Steroids” is a reference to how Anonymous was portrayed in the media when the obscure hacktivist group emerged over ten years ago.
Most recently, in February, the CEO of fringe social media service Gab blamed a breach of the “Mentally Ill Transgender Hackers” platform.
It was not immediately clear who had vandalized the Texas GOP website, which had gone offline early Saturday afternoon, or if anyone would take the credit. A message at the bottom attributes “Anonymous”.
The Texas Heartbeat Act enacted in May is considered the toughest anti-abortion law in the country. The US Department of Justice for the Biden administration sued the state over the matter in federal court earlier this week.
Before being taken offline, the downgraded version of the Texas GOP site also briefly linked to the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas website and a page where they could help fund its operations.