Anonymous Takes Down Vatican Website
March 8, 2012

Anonymous Takes Down Vatican Website

The notorious hacking group Anonymous took down several Vatican websites on Wednesday, calling the Catholic Church "corrupt."

The group took down, as well as several Vatican-related sites including that of its newspaper.

The hackers said it decided to take down the sites in "response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organization spreads around the world."

"This attack is not against the Christian religion or the faithful around the world but against the corrupt Roman Apostolic Church," said the statement.

Anonymous accused the Catholic Church of several historical wrongdoings, including killing opponents, burning texts and harboring Nazi war criminals.

The attack comes after five alleged Anonymous members were charged on Tuesday in Britain, Ireland, and the U.S.

The charges were made after a leader of the hacktivist group became an FBI informant.

Anonymous rose to fame after a string of "denial of service" attacks was performed on Visa and Mastercard websites for blocking WikiLeaks' payment streams.

The group has taken credit for a number of high-profile hacking actions against companies and institutions, including the CIA.

This was not the first time Anonymous tried attacking the Vatican website.  Last year, Anonymous began a recruitment campaign through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to bring down the World Youth Day 2011.

This failed attack enabled security firm Imperva to break down and see how Anonymous attacks a website.

“Our research “¦ shows that Anonymous will try to steal data first and, if that fails, attempt a DDoS attack,”  Amichai Shulman, CTO of Imperva, said at the conference.


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