Anonymous Redresses Centuries-Old Grievance

Reuters reported that the website for the Vatican, Vatican.VA was inaccessible this Wednesday after an announcement by a branch of the hacktivists known as Anonymous claimed responsibility for the cyber-attack. Members of the decentralized group were quoted as saying the site take-down was in response to the Roman Catholic Church’s interference with daily Roman life as well as an endless list of historical scandals such as selling indulgences in the 1500’s and burning non-believers at the stake during the Inquisition.

Anonymous explained their actions in their own words by changing the text of the website to the following: “Today, Anonymous has decided to put your site under siege in response to your doctrine, liturgy and the absurd and anachronistic rules that your profit-making organization spreads around the world.”

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