Vatican Radio Web Page Unscathed in Attack

Minor Disruption at Internet Site

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VATICAN CITY, JAN. 26, 2001 (
Hackers attacked Vatican Radio´s Web page this week, but failed to cause any major problems.

The incident took place late Wednesday or early Thursday. The Vatican broadcasting station did not have major problems, since over the past few days it had been undergoing maintenance and updating of all its pages.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of Vatican Radio´s programs, confirmed that the attack took place because its defenses were down due to the updating. He added that «all the material had been reserved on backup copies.»

The only result was that Vatican Radio´s technicians had to disconnect the page momentarily from the network in the middle of the night, leaving some listeners in America unable to consult or hear it.

The attack appears to have been claimed by Brazil´s Crimeboys. However, Mauro Milita, the technician in charge of Vatican Radio´s Web page, said: «Anyone can hide behind this name. The fact is, Internet is never totally secure.»

Several of the better-known sites of the Catholic Church are regularly subjected to cybernetic attacks, especially the Vatican´s at

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