Asela Waidyalankara says requesting help of Anonymous is not wise

November 28, 2023

The call for international "hacktivist" collective Anonymous to target Sri Lankan government websites has raised concerns about the potential consequences of such an intervention. Cybersecurity consultant Asela Waidyalankara warns that inviting Anonymous to launch cyberattacks can result in damage to national cybersecurity and additional costs to taxpayers. The attacks on government websites, funded by taxpayers, may inconvenience the public and negatively impact local businesses, particularly e-commerce. Furthermore, Anonymous's actions can be used to discredit activists, and their Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are viewed as a cry for attention rather than a solution. Waidyalankara emphasizes that such cyberattacks are illegal and underscores the importance of addressing issues through honorable efforts and hard work rather than resorting to cybercrime.

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