CID probing hacking of Media Ministry website

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is investigating the hacking into the Media Ministry website, Media Ministry Secretary Charitha Herath said.

He told the Colombo Gazette that the CID is trying to identify the location from where the hacker had gained access to the website.

The Media Ministry website was hacked yesterday with an image posted on the domain front page of a person with a gun.

While the inner pages of the website www.media.gov.lk seemed unaffected, the opening page had been breached.

A message was posted on the opening page with the image saying “here you go Sri Lankan ********s” and at the top of the page a text said the page was hacked by H4x0r HuSsY.

Several government websites had been hacked this year but so far there have not been reports of vital information being lost.

Recently it was reported that websites of the Inventors Commission, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs had been hacked and defaced.

The one who has claimed responsibility for the defacements is Haxor Hussey, a Pakistani hacker who has previously breached numerous government sites, including ones from India, Mexico, Colombia, and Bangladesh. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda