NewsFirst Sri Lanka; NEWSLINE; Cybersecurity Concerns arose in Sri Lanka

November 29, 2023

A cyber vandalism incident in Sri Lanka, Attributed to low-level hackers, defaced several websites, including government ones. While the damage was minimal , it highlights the need for proactive Cybersecurity measures.

Sri Lanka currently has the Computer Crimes Act, somewhat limited in addressing cybercrimes, necessitating a comprehensive Cybersecurity Act. Ratifying the Budapest Convention on Cybersecurity is also crucial. Responsibility for curbing hate speech on social media extends to Facebook, which has fallen short in monitoring and removal efforts. Collaboration with local universities for content moderation centers is proposed. Public vigilance in identifying and reporting radicalized individuals on social media is emphasized as a crucial preventive measure against potential threats.

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