Cyber-vandals attack Vatican website

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2012 (CNA/EWTN News) — Despite launching an attack for several hours on the Vatican website, a group of hackers known as Anonymous was unsuccessful in completely shutting down the Holy See’s official internet page.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See’s Press Office, confirmed to CNA on March 7 that the Vatican website was indeed the target of an attack.

However, the vice director of the press office, Father Ciro Benedettini, said on the following day that the hackers “were not able to achieve their objective” of completely bringing down the site.

He said Anonymous usually posts its signature banner on a website once it has completely taken it over, and its banner never appeared on the Holy See’s online hub.

“The problem was solved right this evening,” Fr. Benedettini said on March 8.

The Anonymous logo features a man dressed in business suit flanked by two olive branches with a question mark in place of his head and a globe in the background.

An entry on the blog of Anonymous Italy said the attack was in response to the “doctrines, liturgies and the absurd and anachronistic precepts” that the Church spreads worldwide. It cited the sexual abuse of children, various historical and alleged misdeeds, and Church “interference” in Italian daily life and public policy as motives for the digital assault.

The hackers also objected to the Catholic stance against abortion and contraceptives.

They claimed the attack was not on the Christian religion or the Christian faithful but targeted the “corrupt Roman Apostolic Church.”

In August 2011, a faction of Anonymous unsuccessfully tried to attack the website of World Youth Day during the international Catholic event. That campaign tried to recruit others to take part in the attack using YouTube videos, Twitter, and Facebook. It similarly cited clergy sex abuse as a motive, but also attacked Catholic practices like confession to priests.


Posted Friday, March 09, 2012 8:05 AM By OneoftheSheep
No weapon fashioned against us shall prevail.

Posted Friday, March 09, 2012 8:29 AM By AA
Interesting he acknowledges the Church is apostolic but still claims to be smarter than her about the Truth of God?

Posted Friday, March 09, 2012 8:43 AM By Laura
Who is behind this group? I feel it is some huge, malevolent, extremely well-funded and powerful power brokers – those who are aiming for a one-world government. Perhaps some feel it is just young people, students, who are altruistic and innocent and naive. I also believe the same thing of the Occupy Wall Street movement. I, for one, believe it is far more nefarious than that. I wonder if the money is coming from George Soros, or someone similar. Just saying.

Posted Friday, March 09, 2012 9:01 AM By Anne T.
St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle. Be our protecton against the wickedness and snares of the Devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and the evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Posted Friday, March 09, 2012 1:38 PM By Paul
And the Gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Posted Sunday, March 11, 2012 3:34 AM By MIKE
When looking for TRUTHFUL / ACCURATE answers about the Catholic Faith, I use the: BIBLE; CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH, Second Edition; VATICAN web site; and EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network).