Growing threats against dissident websites

When Cyber Terrorism Becomes State Censorship is a recently Forbes.com article that explores the rise of distributed denial of service attacks, that are being used by governments and other actors alike to shut down websites that are opposed to them.

The most well known example is the attack against Estonia last year, but the article also points to Myanmar’s complete shut down of internet and communications infrastructure for a week and other website disruptions as a growing trend on the internet to quash dissident voices. Though the article does not mention it, China also stands accused of cyber-warfare. 

Sri Lanka itself has witnessed a rise in allegations of “hacking”. These allegations, though largely imprecise, nevertheless demonstrate the growing concern the Sri Lankan government could severely disrupt websites critical of government policies given that the regime has openly called for hackers to shut down websites not to its liking

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