The Vatican has declared it has been infiltrated by hacker group Anonymous for the second time, shortly after 2pm on Monday. A Vatican spokesperson downplayed the incident, stating that “there was a second attack we are aware of directed against the [Vatican IP] address concerning Vatican Radio, a database on an old server was accessed. Thirty percent of the information on the server was so outdated it was of no use.”
AnonOps Communications, a mouthpiece of the hacker group collective, took to Pastebin, called the Vatican “repeaters with power transmission largely outside the bounds of the law,” and claimed responsibility for the attack.
Anonymous just last week took down the Vatican’s website, in protest of the Roman Catholic Church, and accused the organization of having played “a significant role in helping Nazi war criminals find refuge in foreign countries and to evade international justice,” amongst other things.
This first hack of the Vatican came on the day after the LulzSec arrests, to where prominent LulzSec hacker ‘Sabu’, a.k.a Hector Xavier Monsegur, was exposed as an FBI informant.