Hackers Crash Vatican Website

Italian branch of Anonymous takes credit

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 7, 2012 2:09 PM CST

(Newser) – Hackers infiltrated the official website of the Vatican today and crashed it, and the culprits were an Italian branch of Anonymous, reports Reuters. According to a statement on group's Italian site, the hackers targeted the Vatican because of the Catholic Church's extensive history of "corruption." The site www.vatican.va has been out of commission for most of today.

"Today, Anonymous has decided to put your site under siege in response to your doctrine, liturgy and the absurd and anachronistic rules that your profit-making organization spreads around the world," read the statement. It said it wasn't going after Christianity, just the Catholic Church in particular, notes the Guardian. Yesterday, the feds busted a major group of hackers.

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he takes his place for his weekly general audience on March 7, 2012 at St Peter's square at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he takes his place for his weekly general audience on March 7, 2012 at St Peter's square at the Vatican.   (Getty Images)
Protestors wearing Guy Fawkes masks hold the logos of the international hacker group Anonymous during a demonstration against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA, in Budapest, Hungary.
Protestors wearing Guy Fawkes masks hold the logos of the international hacker group Anonymous during a demonstration against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA, in Budapest, Hungary.   (AP Photo/MTI, Janos Marjai)
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