Italian police have uncovered a major international computer-hacking operation that compromised private communications at the Vatican.
Police in Rome announced the arrest of two engineers who are
suspected of illicitly obtaining “information relative to state
The hackers, who were not identified, were described as
London residents in their 40s.
They had reportedly gained access to
computer servers operated by Italian government leaders and European
The operation also penetrated the Vatican, police reported.
gained access to computers used by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, at the
Pontifical Council for Culture.
They also hacked into computers at a
Vatican guest house regularly used by prelates visiting Rome, and gained
access to thousands of email messages.
Vatican officials have not yet commented on the hacking operation,
and Italian police have not indicated how many of the pirated message
might have involved sensitive information.