Anti-hacking protection for state web sites

By Chathuri Dissanayake

The Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Mass Media and Information have taken measures to protect their web sites from acts of web terrorism, following Friday’s hacking into of two government web news portals.

Hackers had broken into the Army website and the media ministry website, posting pictures of dead civilians on the Army website and distorting headlines on stories on the Lanka Puwath site.According to Lanka Puwath web site chairman Pradeep Gunawardana, the hackers have been traced a Malaysia-based organisation.

Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told The Sunday Times that the Army web team had introduced a 24-hour monitoring system to prevent further acts of hacking.

“We have taken all possible technical measures to prevent this from happening again,” Brigadier Nanayakkara said. “The LTTE cannot face the reality the Army is telling the world. That is why they have resorted to this type of action.”

Meanwhile, Anusha Palpita, director general, Department of Government Information, said the department had taken steps to protect the government website from future acts of hacking.

“We are managing a mirror site that we can use in a case of further interruption by hackers” he said.

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