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Pope Francis Declares ‘The Lord Is an Onion’ After Vatican Website Hack

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“In the name of the father, the son, and the holy shallot. Amen.” Belgian security researcher and hacker Inti De Ceukelaire — you might remember him as the guy who bought old domain links that Donald Trump had tweeted and then redirected them to less-appropriate content — exploited a vulnerability in the Vatican’s news website. According to the fake post Ceukelaire put up, Pope Francis declared that “the Lord is an onion.”

Ceukelaire told the Next Web that he warned Vatican News several times about their security issues and only hacked the site after those warnings went unheeded. His edits have since been taken down, and the site is now back to normal. “Two weeks ago, I told them that if they would not state they were going to fix this, I’d do responsible full disclosure,” he said. “Not to harm them, but to show that fake news can easily be spread. Pope or not, you need to comply with security standards.” At the end of January, Pope Francis renounced fake news, calling it the work of the devil. Therefore, by some bastardization of the transitive property, onions, and possibly the Lord, are also clearly the devil.

Vatican News Website Hacked to Read ‘The Lord Is an Onion’