Minecraft trolls target Vatican server with DDoS attacks

A Catholic priest setting up a Minecraft server where everyone can be nice to each other sounded a good idea until the Internet got involved.

Whatever your views on both organised religion and Minecraft, you’d have to say that the Vatican setting up its own Minecraft server, where everyone tries especially hard to get along, is overall a positive thing.

Which is, of course, why it was immediately attacked by trolls trying to bring it down.

The idea was to set-up servers for gamers, ‘who want a little less ‘toxic’ and a bit more community’. Which, clearly, was a red rag to a bull when it came to those that like all the toxicity.

Father Robert Ballecer, who just so happens to be a former tech blogger, asked his Twitter followers which of the four games he should set up an official Vatican server for, with Minecraft getting 64% of the vote – ahead of Team Fortress 2, Rust, and Ark: Survival Evolved.

According to his own tweets, a ‘handful’ of people then started constantly connecting and disconnecting to the server, in an attempt to kill it – essentially a DDoS attack.

But apparently that’s given him a ban-list of 100 or so users and IPs that will be used when he goes from the test server to a production server.

The last Twitter update claims the server is still being attacked but as well as attracting the attention of malcontents, the unexpected publicity for the idea has also seen a number of more experienced mods and IT specialists offer their help.

As to who will win this very modern battle of good vs. evil, we’ll just have to see whether the server is still standing by the end of the week…

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