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The internet tests some of our deepest assumptions about how civilisation works (AP)

A click away from meltdown

Hostile governments, criminals and pranksters are relentlessly attacking the Vatican’s computer systems. It may not be long before they breach its defences

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Hackers target Vatican website

Hackers apparently claim the attack was a revenge for clerical sexual abuse and the selling of indulgences