Vatican website hacked over Pope’s ‘Armenian genocide’ comment

Turkish hacker plots cyber attack on Vatican’s official website over pope’s ‘genocide’ comment

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The official website of the Vatican was hacked Monday evening and partially Tuesday morning by a Turkish hacker, after the pope’s recent “Armenian genocide” comment regarding the 1915 events.

The hacker who used a Twitter account “Herakles” (@THTHerakles) taking credit over the hacking incident and publishing a screenshot listing of access failures, wrote a message demanding an apology from the pope for his “genocide” comment in relation to the 1915 events.

The Vatican denied that their website was hacked due to Turkish hacker being upset with the pope’s statements.

The 1915 events took place during World War I, leaving many Armenians killed, as well as Turkish people. Armenians describe the events as “genocide” while Turkey says both Turks and Armenians were killed.

On April 23, 2014, Turkish Prime Minister- now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered Armenia to agree on common terms to research the incident of 1915 and also asked countries who have information to contribute to this process. He also offered his condolences to the descendants of the Armenians who died.

Armenian side had turned down Erdogan’s call and rallied for international support for their claim.

Turkish Foreign Ministry recalled its ambassador to Vatican in response to the pope’s statement, after summoning the Vatican's envoy to Ankara to the ministry and conveying the message that the incident has caused "loss of trust."

The ministry said, in a statement published on its website Sunday, the pope’s comment is not accepted by the country.

Stating that Turkey would not recognize the pope's statement, the ministry’s statement said the incident would be met with a response.

TRTWorld and agencies