Hackers attack site of Catholic youth celebrations

Aug 18, 2011
Pilgrims hold their national flags at Cibeles square in Madrid. Hackers temporarily blocked the official World Youth Day site Thursday just as Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Madrid to preside over the festivities, a spokeswoman for the event said.

Hackers temporarily blocked the official World Youth Day site Thursday just as Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Madrid to preside over the festivities, a spokeswoman for the event said.

The site (www.madrid11.com) was taken down for about an hour at around midday (1000 GMT) and the event's were trying to determine the source of the attack, the spokeswoman said.

"We received in recent days anonymous warnings by email that our site would be attacked. The priority now is to ensure everything is up and running, then we will decide if we will file a police complaint," she said.

The pope arrived in Madrid on Thursday for the final four days of the Roman Catholic festivities and the organisers had planned to provide live coverage on the web.

On the previous evening, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Spain's capital to decry the official 50 million euro ($72 million) bill for the six-day event at a time of economic hardship.

The includes 2.1 million euros spent on the event's .

Explore further: Ecuador heralds 'digital currency' plans

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Text-the-pope service launched in Italy

May 09, 2010

Roman Catholics can send now text messages of support to Pope Benedict XVI, Italian public television said Saturday, as the Church faces an international paedophile scandal.

Facebook, Wikipedia execs brief Vatican on Web

Nov 12, 2009

(AP) -- Executives from Facebook, Wikipedia and Google are attending a Vatican meeting to brief officials and Catholic bishops about the Internet and digital youth culture.

Vatican kicks off countdown to JP2 beatification

Mar 14, 2011

(AP) -- The Vatican on Monday kicked off the countdown to Pope John Paul II's beatification by posting a YouTube video of his famous first papal speech, when the Polish-born pontiff asked the Roman crowd in St. Peter's Square ...

Recommended for you

'SwaziLeaks' looks to shake up jet-setting monarchy

4 hours ago

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to end a two-year forced stay at Ecuador's London embassy, he may take comfort in knowing he inspired resistance to secrecy in places as far away as Swaziland.

Ecuador heralds 'digital currency' plans

4 hours ago

Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which ...

WEF unveils 'crowdsourcing' push on how to run the Web

18 hours ago

The World Economic Forum unveiled a project on Thursday aimed at connecting governments, businesses, academia, technicians and civil society worldwide to brainstorm the best ways to govern the Internet.

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

Aug 26, 2014

People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

US warns shops to watch for customer data hacking

Aug 23, 2014

The US Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned businesses to watch for hackers targeting customer data with malicious computer code like that used against retail giant Target.

User comments : 0