Vatican website back up after Anonymous hit


The official Vatican website is back online, after an Anonymous hit took it down yesterday evening.

A statement on the Italian Anonymous website, the group said it was targeting the Vatican as it blamed the Catholic Church for egregious acts, including the burning of heretics during the Inquisition.

"Anonymous has now decided to lay siege to your site in response to the doctrines, liturgies and the precepts absurd and anachronistic that your organization is for profit (Roman Apostolic Church) propagates and spreads worldwide," the message read.

This is NOT intended to attack the true Christian religion and the faithful around the world.

"You have burned books of immense historical and literary value... have denied universally deemed valid or plausible theories.

"This is NOT intended to attack the true Christian religion and the faithful around the world."

The attack came during a busy week for Anonymous, one which saw related group LulzSec seriously hurt by charges brought by the FBI.

It was also reported that one of the chief leaders of LulzSec, known as Sabu, was working with the FBI to uncover other members of the hacktivist group.

UK residents Ryan Ackroyd and Jake Davis were two of the five men charged.

The AntiSec movement then defaced some Panda Security sites, leaving a message aimed both at Sabu, revealed to be a male named Hector Xavier Monsegur, and at the anti-virus vendor.

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