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ONLINE FEATURE: CERT - 'Courageous Against Computer Crime'


Ever since the mid-1990’s, when Sir Tim Berners Lee popularized it, the Internet has become indispensable to day-to-day living. It began then, a mere network – APARTNET – but is today, the World Wide Web - home to millions of web pages offering a plethora of information and services.

In time to come, computerized systems, restricted today to mobile and other communication devices will increasingly infiltrate otherwise mundane objects, cementing the coming age of the ‘Internet of Things’.

Bearing these technological changes in mind, we look at what is happening at a micro-level in Sri Lanka. Not too long ago, a 17-year-old made headlines for hacking the official website of the President of Sri Lanka.

A New Zealand resident of Sri Lankan origin is currently in Sri Lankan custody for impersonating the Inspector General of Police on Facebook. Last week, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake distanced himself from Facebook and Twitter accounts purporting to be his - a former ally was arrested yesterday. 

In all of these cases, Sri Lanka turned to Sri Lanka CERT – the Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which, together with the Cyber Crimes Division of the Police, is tasked with unraveling cases relating the digital sphere, such as these.

Daily News Online caught up with Roshan Chandraguptha, the Principal Information Security Engineer at Sri Lanka CERT, also known as the National Centre of Cyber Security, to find out more about what it does, and how.

The interview, in video format, is accessible below. For a text version, click here.  










Videography - Anuja Priyabhaanu

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