Cyber attack on village church site redirected users to Satanic portal
Hackers launch cyber attack on village church website that redirects users to Satanic portal promoting ‘sex spells’
- Site in village of Lastingham on the edge of the North York Moors was targeted
- Worshippers were stunned to find offers of ‘sex spells’ to bewitch a new lover
- Black Magic curses and a guide to Voodoo were also included on the portal
- The CofE is treating it as deliberate attack on the faith by anti Christian groups
The Church of England is investigating a cyber attack which saw visitors to a church website redirected to a Satanic portal promoting ‘sex spells’.
Hackers targeted a web address used by church congregations in the sleepy village of Lastingham on the edge of the North York Moors, where worshippers were then stunned to find themselves on a US paranormal site.
On the page, ‘professional’ witches advertised satanic services – including ‘sex spells’ to bewitch a new lover, Black Magic curses, plus a guide to Voodoo and other rituals.
Church of England officials say nothing like it has happened before and it is being treated as a deliberate attack on the faith by anti Christian groups.
The Church of England is investigating a cyber attack which saw visitors to a church website redirected to a Satanic portal promoting ‘sex spells’
Officials say nothing like it has happened before and it is being treated as a deliberate attack on the faith by anti Christian groups
Martin Sheppard, of the Diocese of York, explained: ‘That domain name was the domain name of the parish website years ago.
‘It was owned by one member of the parochial church council which is not an uncommon state of affairs.
‘But that person is not around any more and the whole thing was replaced with the current parish website.
‘Now what seems to have happened is the old domain has resurfaced with a copied version of the old website.
‘It is deliberately and wilfully mischievous with these links to these openly anti-Christian websites.
‘The current parochial church council have been taking steps with the domain registration company to say it is a fraudulent domain.
‘But there is wilful mischief being made here and I have not come across that before.’
Founded by the early saints, Lastingham has been a centre of Christian worship for 1,000 years with the main church of St Mary’s famed as the final resting place of St Cedd since 644AD.
Eyebrows were raised when the seemingly official website advertised psychic readings to members of the five churches in the area.
A link directed church goers to US portal ‘Free Psychics’ containing hundreds of profiles of witches for hire who can ‘harness the power of the old ways’ to cast spells over the phone, internet, or email for subscribers sometimes paying over £5 a minute.
Hackers targeted a web address used by church congregations in the sleepy village of Lastingham on the edge of the North York Moors
They include ‘sex spells’ to ‘turn up the heat in the bedroom’ with your partner or ‘attract someone new into your life’.
Visitors were told they would make them ‘absolutely irresistible’ but warned a poorly cast spell ‘can end up in an obsession or stalker situation’.
The site also offered spells to find out if your partner is cheating on you, ‘revenge spells’ to hex them if they are and tips on dabbling in the ‘Voodoo Lust Spell’.
The fraud has already fooled outraged locals and former vicar turned horror writer GP Taylor. He said: ‘Witchcraft is completely incompatible with Christianity. St Cedd will be spinning in his grave.
‘I was amazed when I clicked the link. It’s crazy.’
One local woman said: ‘This is like selling date rape drugs. It is nothing to do with Christianity. It is about inflicting pain and manipulating people. I just can’t believe it.’
The fake webpage stated: ‘This is a time of rapid cultural change. Many are feeling a loss of eternal values and spiritual certainties.
‘Our churches have seen this problem, so we’ve started to offer free psychic reading to encourage people to reconnect with their spiritual side. We believe the age does not favour ‘church’ Christianity.’
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