30 August 2016

Teenager arrested for hacking president's website

Sri Lanka police has arrested a teenager on suspicion of hacking into the website of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena.

According to the officials, a 17-year old school boy allegedly hacked the President's website  www.president.gov.lk, demanding that his university entrance examination dates not be changed

The hacker had gained illegal access to the website and posted a message there demanding immediate presidential election if president fails to address his demands.

According to the reports of Reuters, policy said that his demand to switch University entrance exams to new year holiday month of April was abandoned by the authorities.

The police has  taken the unnamed hacker into custody under the Computer Crimes Act and on conviction faces a fine of 300,000 rupees ($2,000) and up to three years in jail.

"We traced the hack to his home in Kadugannawa," a police official said. "The website was crippled over the weekend after the attack."

The Police also arrested a 26-year-old man for allegedly helping the teenager hack into the system.

The hacker,  proclaimed to speak on behalf of The Sri Lanka Youth, posted a message: “If you cannot control the situation, hold a presidential election.”

The BBC reports that to “stop the prime minister’s irresponsible work and look more into the problems of university students.”

Now, the president's official site was up and running again.

"Police filed charges under the Computer Crimes Act and the court remanded the two until Friday," Manju Sri Chandrasean, the lawyer who appeared for the second suspect, told Reuters.