Young website hacker might get pardon: Minister

1 September 2016 06:23 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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President Maithripala Sirisena will pardon the young website hacker, the 17 year old schoolboy who allegedly entered to the presidential website illegally and hacked it last week, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said today.

He told the media at his office that President Sirisena was a person who never harboured hatred towards anyone and was compassionate to all and therefore he didn’t think President Sirisena would refuse if there was a request from the student’s family to pardon him on sympathetic grounds.

“The request must come from his family to the President for a pardon after the formal inquiries on the illegal cyber trespassing and court investigations are over,” he said.

Responding to a journalist he said a presidential pardon was granted to the LTTE cadre who attempted on his life and the Tamil girl who desecrated Sigiriya murals on a request made by families of both offenders and added that the law must take its course first before considering any request or granting of a pardon.

The schoolboy has been produced before Colombo Chief Magistrate by the Police and placed under probation until today. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 8

  • Loku Athula Thursday, 01 September 2016 10:03 PM

    It is time to stop behaving as if this kid has done something great. It is not difficult to find instructions on how to hack a badly built website - as most sri lankan government sites are. Rather, we need to draw attention to how poorly the sites are built that even a 17 year old can hack in to it rather than outsourcing the building of such sites to professional agencies in the private sector.

    Daham Friday, 02 September 2016 10:12 AM

    This clever student has given the opportunists an opportunity to use this issue to get their image building.

    lokka Friday, 02 September 2016 10:14 AM

    I think MR would have made this kid the admin. via DM Android App

    ANTON Thursday, 01 September 2016 07:05 PM

    GOOD DECISION, WHAT IS THE USE OF ETCA, WHEN WE HAVE BRILLIANT KIDS LIKE THIS. WE'LL SEND THESE YOUNGSTERS TO TEACH INDIANS.

    sigiriya Thursday, 01 September 2016 07:48 PM

    The people in charge of this Web site must have been paid to protect it. So when it is hacked, should not the news be that they have failed in their duties. Why do they shout 'a schoolboy has hacked in to the President's Web site!!??' This student is obviously displaying some IT skills! The administrators of the Web site have proved that they lack some basic IT skills! Does this not need a serious re-think?

    Cobra Thursday, 01 September 2016 07:50 PM

    To err is human, to forgive is divine- President sets an example!

    Anthony Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:20 PM

    Our Hon President will definitely pardon him, as today's younger generation have been brain washed by the Rajapaksas, Joint Opposition and JVP. Pardon him honored sir, but get him to admit who the culprit who wanted him to do this.

    Selvyn Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:39 PM

    President My3 is unparalleled comparing to other presidents especially in terms of magnanimity in pardoning via DM Android App


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