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Defence Ministry confirms no data breach during cyber attack

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) quoting Sri Lanka CERT has confirmed that no data breach had occurred during the cyber attack launched on two Government websites yesterday.

“Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka CERT|CC Lal Dias said no data breach has occurred in this attempt to deface the websites, ” MoD said in a press statement.

“Website ‘defacement’ is when an attacker changes the visual appearance of the webpage or website. The ultimate goal of these activists was to draw the attention of different audiences and to spread messages of hatred,” MoD quoted Dias as saying.

“It is important that unwarranted prominence is not given to these activists. Similar attacks have been experienced by the nation in the past, and to overcome these types of attacks Sri Lanka CERT|CC established a Task Force and a Working Group to take proactive measures.”

“The group consists of key government and private sector stakeholders including Internet Service Providers.”

“Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team | Coordinating Centre (Sri Lanka CERT|CC), is Sri Lanka’s National CERT serving under the supervision of the MoD.”

“It is mandated with the task of protecting Sri Lanka’s Information and Information Systems infrastructure.”

“The Task Force team has been able to identify the defaced sites and act in a timely manner to address the situation. The incident was detected at 6.38 am and by 7.30 am the Information Security Engineers at CERT had rectified the websites” he explained.