Xishiku Cathedral, a government-sanctioned Catholic Church, in Beijing. China and the Vatican were due this year to discuss the renewal of a provisional two-year deal on the operation of the Catholic Church in China. The suspected hacking attack comes at a sensitive time for their relationship. Photo: Reuters Xishiku Cathedral, a government-sanctioned Catholic Church, in Beijing. China and the Vatican were due this year to discuss the renewal of a provisional two-year deal on the operation of the Catholic Church in China. The suspected hacking attack comes at a sensitive time for their relationship. Photo: Reuters
Xishiku Cathedral, a government-sanctioned Catholic Church, in Beijing. China and the Vatican were due this year to discuss the renewal of a provisional two-year deal on the operation of the Catholic Church in China. The suspected hacking attack comes at a sensitive time for their relationship. Photo: Reuters

US cybersecurity firm says Beijing-linked hackers hit the Vatican ahead of talks between China and the church

  • Targets included communications between Hong Kong diocese and Vatican with similar tools to those used by Chinese state-backed operators: cybersecurity firm
  • Catholic Church and China had been expected to talk about renewal of landmark deal when pandemic struck

Topic |   China-Vatican relations
Xishiku Cathedral, a government-sanctioned Catholic Church, in Beijing. China and the Vatican were due this year to discuss the renewal of a provisional two-year deal on the operation of the Catholic Church in China. The suspected hacking attack comes at a sensitive time for their relationship. Photo: Reuters Xishiku Cathedral, a government-sanctioned Catholic Church, in Beijing. China and the Vatican were due this year to discuss the renewal of a provisional two-year deal on the operation of the Catholic Church in China. The suspected hacking attack comes at a sensitive time for their relationship. Photo: Reuters
Xishiku Cathedral, a government-sanctioned Catholic Church, in Beijing. China and the Vatican were due this year to discuss the renewal of a provisional two-year deal on the operation of the Catholic Church in China. The suspected hacking attack comes at a sensitive time for their relationship. Photo: Reuters
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