Teen arrested for hacking into Presidents website

On Monday, the president’s official site was up and running again. “We traced the hack to his home in Kadugannawa,” a police official said referring to a town about 100 kilometres east of the capital Colombo. “The website was crippled over the weekend after the attack.” The police today arrested a 17-year-old teenager for hacking into President Maithripala Sirisena’s official website and posting a message calling for the postponement of A-level examinations, the AFP news agency reported.The unnamed boy was taken into custody under the Computer Crimes Act and on conviction faces a fine of 300,000 rupees ($2,721) and up to three years in jail. The attacker had removed the home page of the website and replaced it with a demand that the President postpone the ongoing GCE Advanced Level examinations or step down.Sri Lankan websites had been hacked in the past, but this was the first time that a teenager had been arrested under the Computer Crimes Act of 2007. (Colombo Gazette)