The Vatican's Minecraft Server is Getting DDoS Attacks

By Alistair Jones on at

Last week, news surfaced of a holy Minecraft server. Set up by Catholic Priest Father Robert Ballecer, the server was intended to “be less toxic,” and “create an environment in which people can express themselves and build up a relationship.” It’s a noble aim, but one that doesn’t appear to be working out, as the server is already being hit by everything from griefers to DDoS attacks.

In a tweet earlier this week, Ballever said that “I’m looking at the logs of the Minecraft test server and it looks like there is a handful of people who are constantly connecting and disconnecting to fill the player slots and kill the server.”

A few lost souls are causing trouble, but Ballecer also seems to suggest that he wasn’t expecting this much attention quite so quickly. In a follow-up tweet, he said that the original report on his new server went out earlier than he thought, and that it’s “still a test server that was just for setting up policy.”

It’s unclear when the actual server is likely to go up. Ballecer says that he’s trying to improve performance - which sounds reasonable - and “decrease the trolling” - which sounds like a Sisyphean task - but asks players to “give us a little time.”