[UPDATED.] I came across this listing on LinkedIn under the heading, Become a Vatican CyberVolunteer. Surely, this is a joke? What kind of cybersecurity outfit advertises for random volunteers to help them – while simultaneously letting the world know how vulnerable their system is?
About the job
We are a group of talented cybersecurity professionals from all over the world who work daily in companies and organizations in the field of cybersecurity. We dedicate our time and efforts to help bolster and secure the Vatican Cyber defenses by offering free consultancy, hands-on services and cloud services for free or against cost-price.
Vatican City has a sprawling system of websites administered by the Internet Office of the Holy See and organized under the country code top-level domain “.va”. The Vatican’s web presence has expanded steadily since its launched its main website, http://www.vatican.va, in 1995. ( List of websites: http://www.vatican.va/siti_va/index_va_en.htm )
Hackers have frequently targeted the Vatican since it first went online. In 2012, the hacking group Anonymous briefly blocked access to http://www.vatican.va and disabled other sites, including those of the Vatican secretariat of state and the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
A British cyber security consultancy approached the Vatican following reports in July 2020 that suspected Chinese state-sponsored hackers had targeted Vatican computer networks.
The need to secure, like any organization in the world, is very clear in the Vatican, and we like to help.
We’re currently recruiting!LinkedIn listing
As the listing explains, it wasn’t so long ago that the Vatican computer systems were compromised by CCP approved hackers, just as the Holy See entered into talks with the Chinese government. At that time an analyst said:
“The saying knowledge is power is prevalent here, as nation-states infiltrate organizations via phishing or other vulnerabilities into their network. Once inside, they’re performing reconnaissance to find out if the information is worthwhile to their cause.
So if you know your system has already been infiltrated by Commie hackers at least once, why would you use volunteer workers to try and keep your “sprawling” (read: inefficient and vulnerable) computer systems safe?
Strange priorities at the Vatican: when Our Lady asks for the Pope to consecrate Russia and release the Third Secret by 1960, the Curia goes to great lengths to hide the facts. But when it’s a case of Vatican websites, databases or employee records, those are made available to every basement-dwelling cyber-terrorist on the globe.
Diabolical disorientation at its finest.
Two more thoughts: what other sensitive information is currently at the mercy of hackers? Files on suspected (and often innocent) priests? Details of secret and not-so-secret meetings, diplomatic missions and so on? Files on traditionalist bishops, priests, and parishes, just crying out for some scandals to be invented?
And all of the Vatican’s financial records and funds, no doubt. There’s no shortage of blackmailable agents within the Eternal City who would like to keep that a secret.
Also, could this be something to do with the coming global cyber attack about which Klaus Schwab has been warning us? We know it’s on the way because the Overlords have run a simulation on it. And it would be pretty helpful to them if the Vatican was to tell the world’s Catholics to sign up to the next stage of their Beast system.
So there may be a method to their madness, after all. In the meantime, if you’re an unemployed cyber-terrorist, or just a garden variety high-school hacker, why not sign up for the Vatican’s Cyber Volunteer program? As they say: the fringe-benefits are out of this world!