Reports: Hackers Hit Vatican Website Over ‘Genocide’ Comment


The Hill, DC
April 14 2015

By Elise Viebeck – 04/14/15 09:20 AM EDT

Turkish hackers reportedly hit the Vatican’s website on Monday evening
after Pope Francis referred to the mass killings of Armenians by
Turks as a “genocide.” was knocked offline by a denial-of-service attack on Monday
night, according to reports, but restored by Tuesday morning. A
Turkish hacker on Twitter took credit for the hit, demanding that
the pope retract his comments.

It is not the first time the Vatican has been targeted by hackers.

Anonymous, the international hacking collective, took down the Catholic
church’s main website as well as Vatican Radio in 2012.

The latest cyberattack took place amid uproar in Turkey over the Pope’s
“genocide” comment.

Francis was referring to the slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million
Armenians at the end of the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923.

Turkey officially denies that the killings were systematic. The
Armenian community demands that Turkey acknowledge the deaths as a
genocide, and more than 20 countries have passed bills describing
the killings as such.

Francis’s comment have prompted diplomatic fallout between the Vatican
and Ankara, with the Turkish government recalling its ambassador to
the Holy See.

From: A. Papazian

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