COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Police on Monday launched a manhunt for a Bangladeshi national who along with a 17 year old Sri Lankan school boy had hacked President Maitrhipala Sirisena’s official website last week.
Sources in the President’s office said that police on Monday arrested the 17 year old boy but are yet to arrest the Bangladeshi.
Initial investigations revealed that the 17 year old school boy was from the Central Hills of Kandy.
“Police are not sure what their actual motive is but investigations are continuing,” sources said.
President’s Sirisena’s official website and a few other government websites were hacked for two consecutive days on Aug 25 and 26 by a group calling itself the “Sri Lankan Youth”.
The hackers had posted a statement in the local language Sinhala on the web page. However, the site was inaccessible for a few hours.
The group expressed disappointment over Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s work and warned that the government would have to face a cyber war if the President could not take care of the security of Sri Lankan government websites.
The hackers further urged the President to look into the issues faced by university students and hold a Presidential election if he could not control the situation in the country.