Porn piracy tracked to computers in Vatican City

Even the residents of Vatican City need to be entertained, but are they pirating porn?

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The Vatican is actually a tiny, sovereign country, surrounded by the city of Rome, Italy. CBS

Even the residents of Vatican City need to be entertained, but are they pirating porn?

The blog TorrentFreak recently compiled a report alleging that computers located in Vatican City are downloading pornography. A recent tale of Irish priests enjoying first-run hits at their home movie nights piqued the blog's interest to see what the residents of Vatican City have been downloading.

TorrentFreak recruited the help of ScanEye, a Web site that tracks and analyzes this type of online activity. ScanEye's data found that computers inside Vatican City were downloading films like "Love Actually" and TV shows like "The Americans."

Files with the names of adult film stars also appeared in the queue. Some of the files appeared to be of bondage, domination, sadism, and masochism (BDSM) videos.

While downloads are tracked back to Vatican City, it doesn't necessarily mean church officials are doing the downloading. Lay people who work for the Vatican, like the Papal Swiss Guard, have daily access to Vatican City.

Screenshot of download queue tracked to IP addresses in Vatican City. TorrentFreak

This story originally appeared on CBSNews.com.

 

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