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Vatican website succumbs to online attack
cns ^ | March 7, 2012 | Francis X. Rocca

Posted on 03/08/2012 9:35:14 AM PST by NYer


A page from the Vatican website is seen in 2008 when the site, without fanfare, added a Latin section. (CNS photo)

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican's official website suffered an attack by computer hackers March 7, cutting off access by users for several hours.

Italian media outlets reported that the website, vatican.va, became unresponsive around mid-afternoon local time, just as several other websites carried messages taking credit for the disruption in the name of the hacking group Anonymous. Email to and from the vatican.va domain was reportedly also blocked for at least part of the time.

A posting on one Italian site claimed that the attack was an act of revenge for an array of outrages, including the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and the historic practice of selling indulgences for sins.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, confirmed that vatican.va had been the "object of an attack," but said in a statement that he had no other information or comment to offer.

The incident occurred one day after U.S. federal prosecutors in New York announced criminal charges against four people affiliated with several hacking groups, including Anonymous. The four were charged with disrupting Internet service and breaching the privacy of computer systems belonging to Fox Broadcasting Co. and the Public Broadcasting System, among others.

The same day those indictments were announced, hackers identifying themselves as members of an Anonymous splinter group, LulzSec, reportedly took over the website of a Spanish firm, Panda Labs, after one of its executives posted a blog post praising the arrests.

It was not clear if the hackers who targeted the Vatican's site were responding to the previous day's arrests or if the timing of the attack was merely coincidental.

Last August, so-called "distributed denial-of-service" attacks on the website of the Vatican-affiliated World Youth Day in Madrid, attended by Pope Benedict XVI, came several weeks after the appearance of YouTube videos threatening such attacks in the name of Anonymous. The videos presented the attacks as punishment for clerical sex abuse and other "abominations of the Catholic Church."



TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: anonymous; internet; vandals; vatican

1 posted on 03/08/2012 9:35:22 AM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/08/2012 9:36:17 AM PST by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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What a surprise. Just after the State Department announced that the Vatican is on their watch list.


3 posted on 03/08/2012 9:40:04 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NYer

Does the Vatican’s Latin Section feature loud, blaring, ‘salsa’ music played on portable stereos, and competing gangs in customized low-rider cars, like the Latin Sections in LA, New York, and other large cities?

; - )


4 posted on 03/08/2012 9:58:10 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Cicero

You’re kidding about the watch list,right? Anymore its hard to tell what this regime is going to do next that causes normal people to shake their heads.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 10:58:54 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Cicero

Is this about the purported money laundering? :-)


6 posted on 03/08/2012 11:07:41 AM PST by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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