Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Mar 2, 2022 / 19:25 pm
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone's online "Rosary for Peace in Ukraine” Wednesday was disrupted by a suspected cyberattack, according to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which reported the incident to the FBI.
A suspiciously large surge of requests to access the event temporarily knocked the archdiocese's website offline, the archdiocese said.
“The evidence strongly suggests it was a cyberattack,” Father Patrick Summerhays, vicar general and moderator of the curia, said in a statement Wednesday night. The rosary webpage was determined to be responsible for the outage, he said.
The pattern of this sudden surge in traffic is consistent with a method of cyber attacking called Distributed Denial of Service Attack, the statement said. The archdiocese said the source of the attack could not be immediately identified by the website hosting company.