Hacktivist group Anonymous took retaliation against “corruption in the Roman Catholic Church” by taking down the Vatican website on Wednesday morning.
Still inaccessible on Wednesday evening a spokesman would not confirm that that hacker group was responsible for the attack.
On an Italian-language website Anonymous accused the Catholic Church of being responsible for various misdeeds throughout history including the burning of heretics during the inquisition. In their statement the group noted:
“Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organisation spreads around the world.”
The went on to add:
“This attack is not against the Christian religion or the faithful around the world but against the corrupt Roman Apostolic Church.”
Anonymous is also upset about the churches interference in Italian affairs.
It’s still unclear how the group hacked the Vatican website, a favorite method is to utilize thousands of hacktivist members computers to create “denial of service” attacks in which they literally flood the site with so many visitors that it crashes.
The attack against the Vatican comes just one day after the FBI charged one man with being a member of Anonymous and four people for being principal members of hacking collective LulzSec. Dozens of Anonymous and LulzSec members have been arrested since the FBI became involved in a global effort to find, arrest and try hackers from the group.
Do you think the Vatican website deserved to be shut down based on “atrocities of the past” or should Anonymous attack businesses and leave religious organizations alone to practice in peace?