Maithripala Sirisena

A 17-year-old teenager was arrested by Sri Lanka police for hacking President Maithripala Sirisena official website. The student posted calling for a postponement of A-level examinations.

This is the second time that the president’s website is being hacked. The boy was taken into custody, and case was booked under Computer Crimes Act 2007. The convict will face a fine of LKR 300,000 ($2,000) and up to three years in jail.

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‘We traced the hack to his home in Kadugannawa,’ a police official said referring to a town about 62 miles east of the capital Colombo. ‘The website was crippled over the weekend after the attack.’

The president’s official website was resumed on Monday and is running again. The post demanded that A-level exams to be held in April should be rescheduled because they clashed with Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations.

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The hacker removed the home page from the president’s website and replaced with President postpone the ongoing GCE Advanced Level examinations or step down.

Later a 26-year-old suspect was also arrested and is being questioned by police. “The 26-year-old man was arrested from Moratuwa and has been taken in for questioning,” police said.

President Maithripala Sirisena website was hacked consecutively for two days Aug. 25 and 26 by a group calling itself the “Sri Lankan Youth.” The site was made inaccessible for few hours and then continued working.

Previously many other government websites of Srilanka have been hacked. Questions now arise that why the security of president’s website is so inadequate that it is hacked twice.

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