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Sri Lankan teen hacks president's website to delay exams

A 17-year-old has been accused of hacking President Maithripala Sirisena's official website because of a scheduling conflict.

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No one likes taking tests, but one 17-year-old Sri Lankan student went above and beyond to postpone his A-level examinations.

He hacked President Maithripala Sirisena's official website and posted messages attributed to a group of hackers known as "The Sri Lanka Youth," according to the BBC. The site was first hacked on Friday, August 26, with a message in Sinhalese and then again on Saturday, August 27, with a message posted in English, Sri Lanka's Daily News reports:

Dear Mr. President,

We are extremely displeased about the decision to hold GCE A/L in April since the Sinhala/Hindu New Year falls in between the exam dates. Therefore, reconsider that decision. Furthermore, take care of the security of Sri Lankan websites. Or else, we will have to face a cyber war.

If you cannot control the situation hold a Presidential Election.

Stop the Prime Minister's irresponsible work.

Look more into the problems of the university students.

The Sri Lankan Youth

Sirisena's website is back online and the teenager accused of the attack is being questioned by police.