Islamohackers fail in their attempt to convert the Vatican website to Islam. May their brothers in jihad likewise fail in their jihadist endeavors in Italy, Europe as a whole, and elsewhere. And the Pope, of course, is far too clever to push that button. An update on this story: “Muslim hackers fail to crash Pope’s website,” from the Daily Mail, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Islamic computer hackers reportedly tried to disrupt the Vatican web site last week, but failed.
In an online forum for militant Muslims, a previously unknown group had announced plans for an assault on the Vatican computer network, which was said to be a form of retribution for Pope Benedict’s recent speech which was seen by many Muslims as an attack on Islam.
Police later confirmed that there had been a concerted effort by hackers to penetrate the Vatican site, but computer-security experts were able to detect and repel the attack.
The nature of the attempted attack was not clear. Some observers in Rome believed that the Islamic group was planning a “denial of service” attack, in which a web site is bombarded with many thousands of simultaneous visits, overloading the available bandwidth and making it impossible for others to reach the site. In fact the Vatican site has functioned normally, with minimal noticeable slowdowns, throughout the past week, but Vatican security personnel are remaining vigilant.