Second suspect arrested for hacking Sri Lankan President’s website

Colombo, Aug 30 (IANS) Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested a second suspect for allegedly hacking into the president’s official website last week.

The arrest came hours after a 17-year-old school boy was taken into custody on Monday by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the alleged incident, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The 26-year-old man was arrested from Moratuwa, Colombo and has been taken in for questioning,” police said.

Police on Monday said they were also on the look out for a Bangladeshi national for hacking into the president’s official website.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s website and a few other government websites were hacked for two consecutive days on August 25 and 26 by a group calling itself the “Sri Lankan Youth”.

A message was posted in Sinhala on the website saying that the group was displeased and demanded postponing the ongoing GCE Advanced Level examinations.

“Take care of the security of Sri Lankan websites. Or else, we will have to face a cyber war. If you cannot control the situation hold a Presidential Election. Stop the Prime Minister’s irresponsible work. Look more into the problems of the university students,” the Colombo Page reported, quoting the message.

However, the website was restored later on Monday.

–IANS

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