#Anonymous vigilante hacking group attack Christian Church websites, declare war on religion, and defeated by Vatican

I cheered from the sidelines when the hacktivist group Anonymous attacked, took down, and defaced the website of the hate group: The Westboro Baptist Church; the nasty “God hates fags” folk who like to picket funerals for some unknown reason.

When I learned of two pernicious US bills, designed to censor the Internet, I secretly harboured support for Anonymous in their fight against this.

I even asked if Christians should support the activities of Anonymous, especially given that Christianity appears to be the religion of choice for hackers.

Suffice it to say, I now rather regret my sympathies with this group.

Anonymous have declared war on religion; well I say religion, they’ve only attacked Christian Church websites so far. Apparently the reason for these attacks is, and I quote:

“HACKED Reason: religious idiocy and foh dah lulz.”

Right, so that clarifies and justifies everything then!

The three Websites that have been attacked so far are: Bethel Outreach International Church, the Charlotte International Church, and Crossfire Ministries. All three religious organizations are based in and around Charlotte, North Carolina.

None of these groups appear exceptional in any way.

Anonymous attacked these websites and defaced them with a YouTube video featuring Richard Dawkins, entitled: An Atheist’s Call to Arms.

Anonymous have made this declaration:

Greetings fellow pirates,

Let us be clear from the start: any kind of religion is a sickness to this world. A sickness that creates hate and intolerance, a sickness that brings people to wage war on their fellow people, a sickness that has come to this world long time ago, when mankind wasn’t educated, a sickness that brought false hope and suppression to those who believed and often even more terror and suppression to those who dared not to believe.

Religions are authoritarian hierarchies, designed to dominate your free will. Religions are mind control. They’re power structures that aim to convince you to give away your power for the benefit of those who enjoy dominating people. When you subscribe to a religion, you enroll in a mindless minion training program. Religions don’t market themselves as such, but this is essentially how they operate. In case you ever wondered why religious teachings are invariably mysterious, confusing, and incongruent? This is no accident — it’s intentional.

We see religion pretty much the same way as we see many governments. Fear mongering and making lots of money, so a small group of ppl will become insanely rich, while the believing masses can eat dirt…

So people of the world, don’t let religion control your life. Don’t fight against each other for contrary beliefs. This world and our life can be a wonderful adventure, where you have the unique chance to help mankind and your fellow citizens. Where we can all work together to make this earth a better place for ourselves,our children and all those generations who will come after us. ^(;,;)^

Uh-huh.

Anyway, Anonymous were not quite so successful in their endeavours to attack the Vatican:

Imperva said during the first phase of the attack, the hackers conducted reconnaissance of the Vatican website.

The group was looking for any Web application vulnerabilities they could exploit to access servers and steal data.  Software helped them with this phase, scouring servers for signs of vulnerabilities.

Shulman said the first part of the operation is “carried out by a small group of professionals” because of their understanding of the intricacies of Web applications and related vulnerabilities.

Imperva said that the tools were unable to show any weaknesses in the Vatican website that Anonymous could exploit.

Once they found no vulnerabilities, Anonymous began a recruitment campaign through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to bring down the World Youth Day 2011 website by using the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) DDoS tool.

I particularly enjoyed this observation:

“Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots”

Here’s  a rather odd and somewhat sympathetic Anonymous message on the Catholic Church; determining that it is not a cult, and appears to be more about the Church of Scientology, than anything else. This pre-dates the Vatican attack.

I have repented of my support of this group.

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11 Responses to “#Anonymous vigilante hacking group attack Christian Church websites, declare war on religion, and defeated by Vatican”

  1. Lisa Graas Says:

    I’m confused by all of this. Oh well, glad you seem to be on your game.

  2. webmaster Says:

    Nah, I’m not on my game yet Lisa; quite some way to go yet sadly.

  3. Roger Pearse Says:

    What is a criminal? A criminal, internally, is someone who considers that he is entitled to do anything that he can get away, to anyone else who is weaker or unable to prevent him doing so.

    There may or may not be an actual law against his activities. But that is the mindset.

    Of course the actions of a good many politicians are exactly this. Politics is all about the art of the possible. So, indeed, are many bankers. But that is rather my point.

    Anonymous were always criminals. The mindset fitted precisely.

  4. John Says:

    Well, I would’ve been against Anonymous long before hearing about any of their opinions regarding the Catholic Church.

  5. Loud Says:

    Vatican City holds the world record for the smallest nation in the world. Yes, nation. It may be less than half of the city of Rome, but it is a nation and won’t leave its borders unattended: Cyber borders or otherwise. Taking into consideration the hacker group Anonymous’ declaration that ALL RELIGION must be destroyed as well as their attack on A NATION, they can now be moved from rebellious freethinkers breaking a few laws into the category of Secular Terrorists, as surly (but not as extremely, I hope) as we consider the Islamic Terrorists we have been facing recently to be terrorists. I hope that all nations everywhere recognize this fact and act accordingly should they have any information concerning this new and alarming enemy. And we, as Americans, should be ashamed that such a vile organization took root behind our borders.

  6. Sean Says:

    Have they tried going after other religious communities, e.g., Islamic centers, Jewish groups, Buddhist temples?

    No?

    Didn’t think so….

    Hardly just criminals: bigots.

  7. Loud Says:

    Oh, and the Klu Klux Klan weren’t criminals either? Who beat and often killed black people, is that just bigotry? It is, but it is also criminal. Don’t make light of them just because Christians are thier target of chioce. The things they do are criminal. Hacking is criminal, just like killing is. Don’t discredit them as mere bigots just because their crime of choice isn’t as deadly.

  8. Simian Says:

    I can’t find the warning comment I made on your previous post where you expressed support for this group so I can’t say ‘I told you so’. Bother! ;-)
    My view remains that this is an irresponsible group of unelected people, who have not realised that with power comes responsibility. The point is not about who they target. It’s incredibly irresponsible. I may not be a Christian, but I find this just as objectionable as if I was.

  9. webmaster Says:

    I remember Simian and I fully accept your “I told you so” ;-)

  10. Matt Says:

    Meh. Anyone who cracks anything these days calls themselves “Anonymous”. I wouldn’t assume it’s even the same people as the earlier stuff. “Anonymous” isn’t a group…it’s just a self-applied brand.

  11. C Says:

    Hacking in itself is not illegal. Read this article: http://www.betabeat.com/2011/07/26/hacked-to-death-how-journalists-are-ruining-the-word-hacker/

    A “hacker” is not a criminal. A hacker likes to learn how things work and get them to do things his/her way. A “cracker” on the other hand are criminals. The like to crack system security and steal information. Could be for thrill or financial gain.

    There are three different types of hackers:

    1) White Hat: A white hat hacker is an “Ethical Hacker”. He/she does not use their knowledge to harm other people but to help them.

    2) Black Hat: A black hat hacker is a “cracker” (i.e. criminal).

    3) Grey Hat: Was a black hat at one point in time and then crossed over to the white hat area.

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