Hackers attack official Vatican Radio web site
Computer hackers broke into the official Web site of Vatican Radio hours after Pope John Paul encouraged the Catholic faithful to embrace new media, an Italian newspaper reported Friday.
The hackers, suspected to be part of a Brazilian syndicate, breached the site (www.vaticanradio.org) on Thursday, Rome's Il Messaggero newspaper said, but caused only minor disruption.
Vatican Radio Director, Fr Federico Lombardi, confirmed the attack but said the site was now back to normal.
On Wednesday, the Pope issued a message for World Communications Day expressing caution about the ever-expanding influence of the media but encouraging Catholics to embrace new technologies such as the Internet all the same.
"Consider...the positive capacities of the Internet to carry religious information and teaching beyond all barriers and frontiers," he said in the address.