All of us are familiar with the dread of an upcoming exam. Have I prepared enough? Will I remember all this during paper? These questions keep bugging us till we exit the exam hall heaving a sigh of relief.
While all of us pray and hope that exams get postponed, a Sri Lankan teen went a step ahead and decided to hack President Maithripala Sirisena’s official website.
Posting under the alias “The Sri Lankan Youth”, the teenager demanded that Sri Lanka’s A level examinations should not be held in April close to Tamil and Sinhala New Year celebrations but be postponed.
It was further demanded that the Sri Lankan websites should be made more secure and the President should “stop the prime minister’s irresponsible work and look more into the problems of the university students.”
The website was quickly taken offline with a maintenance notice after the hack last Thursday. The next day the website was hacked again and the message by “The Sri Lankan Youth” reappeared.
The 17-year-old boy was promptly arrested for his juvenile crime and now faces a fine of $2,000 along with 3 year jail time. According to AFP, this is the first time a teen has been taken into custody and questioned under the Sri Lanka’s cybercrime laws.