17-year-old should be made President’s IT Head: JO

31 August 2016 10:04 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The joint opposition today requested President Maithripala Sirisena to make the 17-year-old student, who was arrested in Kadugannawa on chargers of hacking into the President’s official website, his Information Technology Director.

JO Member MP Udaya Gammanpila said the student should be disciplined and then awarded a scholarship.

“Other countries use computer geniuses such as this in their programmes to prevent cyber threats. The boy has clearly proved that the President’s website was not properly protected. He had simply displayed a message requesting the President to reconsider a decision that was being considered to bring forward the date when the A/L exams would be held, and by doing this he proved that the website used by the President was open to cyber attacks,” he told a news conference.

The MP said the arrested student had not committed serious crimes such as data theft or distortion and that he had only committed the crime of intrusion of privacy. “This is not a major criminal act for him to be treated like a terrorist. He should be disciplined and taught some manners,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 10

  • Pincha Wednesday, 31 August 2016 10:45 PM

    JO's immaturity is revealed by Gammanpila.

    myraspi1 Wednesday, 31 August 2016 10:45 PM

    LOL Dude stop making stupid comments. During your time how many government sites got defaced? All happened because the people you hired didn't know anything about implementing best practices when developing and hosting websites.I see this as the stupidity of the site admins rather than the kids brilliance. Most of the government websites haven't been hardened security wise and is prone to easy exploits.

    sam Wednesday, 31 August 2016 11:41 PM

    i can see how cheep guy is gamangpilla is...

    Cricy Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:05 AM

    Most govt websites got hacked during MR's time.

    darma Thursday, 01 September 2016 01:20 AM

    if this incident took place during earlier regime, this student would have been missing by now.

    Maru Thursday, 01 September 2016 01:20 AM

    at least for once hes blabbering some sense.. the guy to be arrested is the one whos made the presidents website vulnerable.. the kid could be harnessed to become an ethical hacker to protect government websites via DM iOS App

    Burt Thursday, 01 September 2016 01:37 AM

    This must have been the practice used by the previous government in selecting ministers. Now we know why MR held unto the finance ministry and Cabral was chosen to lead the central bank.

    Joe rajah Thursday, 01 September 2016 01:55 AM

    There are thosands are in US like the one broke into presidents web site we dont reward them we send them to jail. MR regime robbed the nation they dont have to be rewarded ffot robbing the money

    Perera Thursday, 01 September 2016 03:31 AM

    Can you expect any better from Gammanpila peanut brain? Wait until someone hacks his bank login and steals what he had stolen from the Australian man.

    Selvyn Thursday, 01 September 2016 06:14 PM

    If people had known about him at the beginning Gamma would have been thrown into garbage but not to Pment via DM Android App


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