Hackers from Anonymous group on Monday once again knocked out the official site of Vatican city-state for the second time within a week, reports Associated Press.
Website of the official residence of the highest spiritual leadership of the Roman Catholic Church www.vatican.va was down for several hours in the afternoon on Monday.
According to the AP, officials of the Vatican refused to comment on the incident.
Representatives of Anonymous claimed that this attack, as well as the previous one, which occurred last Wednesday, was in protest against the policies of Catholic Church.
Hackers are condemning the policies of Catholic Church for their “anachronistic and absurd doctrines, liturgies and precepts,” including sexual abuse of children.
According to Italian media, after the attack on Wednesday, the hackers posted on their website some data from the website of Vatican Radio, including names, user names and passwords. Anonymous has alleged that Vatican Radio transmits above the legal permitted limit of frequency thereby putting the people at risk to “leukemia, cancer and various other terrible illnesses.”
The group Anonymous upped its activities and attacks during the fall of 2010 on the websites of “enemies” of the resource WikiLeaks ; and is also known for its association with the hacker group LulzSec. Anonymous and LulzSec have been involved in many cyber attacks and their victims include the websites of U.S. Senate and the CIA, companies Sony, Nintendo and other resources. In July last year, Anonymous stole about 90,000 email addresses and passwords from the computer network of Booz Allen Hamilton – one of the largest providers of consulting services to the Pentagon.