MEXICO CITY -- The upcoming visit to Mexico by Pope Benedict XVI is the latest target for the computer hacking group that calls themselves "Anonymous."
Anonymous in Mexico crashed at least two of the websites dedicated to the Pope's upcoming visit to Mexico on Thursday. The group claims the Pope's visit is a political move to support President Felipe Calderon's conservative National Action Party or PAN.
The attack is affecting the logistics of the papal visit, according to officials.
The site contained information on the pope's planned activities starting Friday in the state of Guanajuato.
The group Anonymous is taking credit for the hacking "operations."
Anonymous Mexico says the pope's visit will cost the Mexican people money that could be better spent on the poor.
They also claim the papal visit is meant to support the PAN in the July 1 presidential election. PAN candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota is trailing Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party in many polls by at least 10 points.
Anonymous said in a video that the pope's visit comes precisely at the start of the electoral campaigns.
Some people have also questioned the pope's decision not to come to liberal Mexico City, where legislators have legalized abortion and gay marriage in the federal district. The Vatican has said the pope cannot be at high altitudes. Mexico City is just over 7,000 feet above sea level.
The website of the Guanajuato state government was also out of service Thursday, according to the state press office. However, it would not say whether that was a result of hacking or a cyber attack.