A series of Cyber attacks had occurred on the 19th of May in Sri Lanka. Among the victimized web sites the official website of the Kuwait Embassy, the Website of the Rajarata University, the website of the Sri Lanka Tea Research Institute and few other private institution websites were reported to be included. Mainly some .lk & .com domained websites have been targeted. The targeted web pages have been defaced with various content.
The SLCERT, TechCERT and the Cyber Operations Center operating under the ministry of Defence are investigating the incident. Furthermore it is reported that these kinds of attacks have been happening from the May of 2014 in an annual basis on the same month. The institutions who owned the web sites which were attacked have been informed and some of the targeted websites are now removed for the time being & some are restored to the previous state. Sources tell that these attacks were done by a group called “Tamil Eelam Cyber Force”. The main reason for these websites to be targeted was the lack of security they possessed. The authorities are urging the general public to focus on the security of their websites.
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written by Pasindu Siriwardana