A man and a teenager are under arrest in Shri Lanka for hacking into President Maithripala Sirisena’s official website with demand not to switch university entrance exams to the New Year holiday month of April.
17-year old student from Kandy was taken in custody on Monday by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lankan Police for hacking President’s website president.gov.lk
twice last week on Thursday, August 25 and also on Friday.
On Tuesday 27-year-old man from Moratuwa was arrested by CID on suspicion of helping the first suspect.
The court on Tuesday ruled for both of them to remand in custody, a lawyer said."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.
The 17-year old had been sent to a youth detention center, he said. The boy is now facing a fine of 300,000 rupees ($2,000) and up to three years in jail.
The hacker, saying to act for "The Sri Lanka Youth"
, posted a message that the group is displeased with the government's decision to reschedule the entrance exams from August to April, the month most Sri Lankans celebrate a traditional New Year holiday."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 message said.