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Anonymous brings down Vatican website

'Absurd doctrines, precepts' provoke attack, hackers say

07 March, 17:06
Anonymous brings down Vatican website

(ANSA) - Vatican City, March 7 - Hackers from the group Anonymous took credit Wednesday for successfully bringing down the Vatican website.

"Today Anonymous has decided to lay siege to your site in response to the anachronistic and absurd doctrines, liturgies and precepts that your organization propagates and spreads in the world," said a statement circulated in Italian on social networks.

The cyber attack on vatican.va comes after five alleged group members were arrested for computer crimes in Europe and the US Tuesday thanks to the help of hacker-turned-informant The Real Sabu, as he was known on Twitter.

Anonymous also recently took credit for an August attack on the Vatican website that was unsuccessful.

The statement Wednesday chastizes the Church for its position on abortion, contraception and its priest sex-abuse scandals.

It also criticizes the Vatican for its role in Italian politics and advocates abolishing the Lateran Pact, the accord that established the sovereign state of Vatican City and governs relations between Italy and the Holy See.

The statement concludes by declaring the attack not to be on Christianity or on Christians at large, "but on the corrupt Roman Catholic Church and all of its emanations".

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