Tue, Jun 27, 2017 | updated 04:09 AM IST

Sri Lankan President's website hacked twice within two days

Updated: Aug 28, 2016 13:47 IST      
Sri Lankan President's website hacked twice within two days

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Aug. 28 (ANI): Hackers tampered with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's official website 'www.president.gov.lk' on two consecutive days.

The first attack occurred on Thursday evening, when hackers hijacked the site and posted a message in Sinhala, reports the Lanka Page.

The message, which was posted under the name "The Sri Lankan Youth," made several demands to the government, including a call to reconsider the decision to hold the GCE A/Level examination in April instead of August.

It also called on the government to be more mindful about the security of Sri Lankan websites. Failure to do so could result in the country having to face a cyber war, the message further warned.

The other demands were to stop the "irresponsible conduct" of the Prime Minister and to be more attentive to the problems faced by university students.

While the website came back online a few hours later, the subsequent attack on Friday resulted in officials having to take down the site for a much longer period.

The crime is being probed by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) detectives specializing in cybercrime after an official complaint was lodged.

The President's Media Director, Dharmasiri Bandara Ekanayake said a decision was made to temporarily take down the website after it was hacked a second time on Friday evening.

Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT), the country's state machinery that deals with cybercrims is also looking into the hacking and said it is collecting relevant information that would determine how vulnerable the site was to cyber attacks. (ANI)

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 27 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the second day of visit to the United States, sat down for delegation-level talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House here.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi was grateful to United States President Donald Trump as he, along with the First Lady, Melania, rendered a warm and grand welcome to the Indian Head of State.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 27 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump extended a warm welcome to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi even as he, along with First Lady Melania, received him at the White House on Monday.

Full Story >>

Trump, Melania receive PM Modi at White House

Updated: Jun 27, 2017 01:42 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], June 27 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump along with First Lady Melania received Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Monday.

Full Story >>

Al-Qaeda releases Swedish hostage held in Mali since 2011

Updated: Jun 27, 2017 01:40 IST     

Stockholm [Sweden], June 27 (ANI): Johan Gustafsson, a Swedish national who was held hostage by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been released.

Full Story >>

Washington DC [United States] June 27 (ANI): Pakistan is the United States' 'frenemy' and not an ally in war on terror, said a United States security expert on Monday.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], June 27 (ANI): Washington's decision to designate Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist shows that the United Sates recognises that India is a victim of terrorism, said a senior political scientist here.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], June 26 (ANI): Speaking ahead of the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump here on Monday, former Pakistan ambassador to Washington Hussain Haqqani expressed hope that with closer India-U.S. ties, Islamabad would also change its policies towards terror groups.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his meeting with Secretary of State United States of America Rex W. Tillerson and Secretary of Defence Corps General James Mattis discussed ways to counter terrorism effectively.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], June 26 (ANI): India on Monday welcomed Washington's decision to designate Hizbul Chief Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as Syed Salahuddin, as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist.'

Full Story >>

Washington DC [U.S.A.], June 26 (ANI): With Prime Minister Narendra Modi all set to meet US President Donald Trump today, Senior Associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Michael Kugelman said that counter-terrorism is a major area of co-operation between the two countries, and the war against Islamic terrorism is bound to bring both nations together.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [U.S.], June. 26 (ANI): In a major vindication for India and embarrassment for Pakistan, the U.S. Department of State on Monday designated Hizbul Chief Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as Syed Salahuddin, as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist'.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C.: PM Modi meets US State Secy and Defense Secy

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 22:06 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], June 26 (ANI): Ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], June 26 (ANI): Director of India Initiative at Hudson Institute Dr. Aparna Pande has said that closer ties between India and U.S. will surely send a strong message to China and especially Pakistan, who would come under pressure to take action against terror groups enjoying safe haven in the country.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], June 26 (ANI): The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday permitted the Trump administration to partially reinstate the travel ban which would affect people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 26 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has alleged that the former administration failed to take action against Russia for election meddling, as it was confident of Hillary Clinton's win.

Full Story >>

PM Modi, President Trump to meet at White House 1.20 a.m. IST

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 18:12 IST     

Washington [United States], June 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump will have a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office of the White House for 20-minutes between 3.50 p.m. and 4.10 p.m. (EST) (that is tentatively between 1.20 a.m. and 1.40 a.m.IST on Tuesday June 27).

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], June 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an opinion piece published in Wall Street Journal, has said that India and United States share the determination to defeat the scourge of terrorism.

Full Story >>

Pakistan celebrates two Eids

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 17:02 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan] June 26, (ANI) : People in Pakistan celebrated two Eids. The Central-Ruet-i-Hilal committee announced that Eid will be celebrated across Pakistan on Monday.

Full Story >>

Bangladesh marks Eid ul-Fitr

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 16:32 IST     

Dhaka [Bangladesh] June 26,(ANI) : People in Bangladesh celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims, across the country on Monday.

Full Story >>