A church official confirmed that the Vatican has been fighting a series of cyberattacks since Tuesday.
As of Tuesday morning, users have reported problems accessing the Vatican’s official website. Attempts to access the site are frequently met with 404 error responses.
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And according to the Vatican, it was a series of attempts to hack the Catholic Church’s central site that forced the page to go down again and again this week.
“Technical investigations are ongoing due to abnormal attempts to access the site,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told Reuters on Wednesday. Brunei reportedly did not provide further details.
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The Vatican website is a hub for users to read papal addresses, reference church calendars, as well as contact Catholic charities and outreach programs.
It also offers its own internal news service and daily bulletins of Pope Francis and his speeches.
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As of Thursday morning, Fox News Digital had access to the site, but was giving intermittent 404 errors when navigating it.
The Vatican website is a frequent target of cyberattacks.
In 2018, the Vatican and the Catholic Archdiocese of Hong Kong were targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers.
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In 2015, the personal data of Vatican Radio journalists were leaked online and the Vatican website was hacked twice in as many days, with both attacks attributed to the amorphous internet activist group Anonymous.
The group claimed to have taken down the Vatican’s website in protest of everything from the Catholic faith to pedophilia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.