The hacker group Anonymous disabled both Guanajuato’s government website and the Mexican site for http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/notitas-de-noticias/details/mexico-will-not-ask-for-popes-support-in-fight-against-narco-violence/14729/” title=“Pope Benedict XV”]Pope Benedict XV[/url]I in protests to his visit to Mexico.
In the operation, titled “Pharisee”, the group of hackers announced a series of demonstrative actions to display to the public the stern position in protesting the Pope’s visit.
Besides disabling these sites, some of the hackers also spread the word through social networking sites such as Twitter through the username @MexicanH.
“No to the Pope’s visit http://www.guanajuato.gob.mx Hacked #OpFariseo”, was posted to further motivate the public to support their notions as well as to gain national attention according to http://www.milenio.com/cdb/doc/noticias2011/69508a81215c1944961855c57403d7df” title=“reports”]reports[/url].
Guanjuato’s web page was rebooted within minutes of the attack, and was completely normalized.
However, the damage was done because the group spread their message on the hacked portal which also criticized the Pope and accused him of stirring political corruption within the country.
Anonymous asserted that they would continue attacking sites throughout the day.