Volume 02 Issue 08 – 20th  August 2021

Hithawathi
Monthly Bulletin

How to report WhatsApp violations

Since WhatsApp comes with the security feature of end-to-end encryption, even WhatsApp does not have access to the content that is shared within the app. Therefore, it is essential to notify WhatsApp by reporting the incidents that violate its Terms of Service. Here is how you can report issues to WhatsApp by contacting them through the app…

WhatsApp has the right to ban the accounts if they believe the reported activity is in violation of their Terms of Service.

If you feel that you or someone else is in emotional / physical danger with the need of immediate help, you may contact your local law enforcement authorities (e.g. Police) to report the case along with a screenshot of the content and any available contact info.

did-you-know

In a minute on the internet (in 2021) – there are;

☛ 28,000 subscribers watching Netflix
☛ 695,000 stories shared on Instagram
☛ 9132 connections made on LinkedIn
☛ 69 million messages sent via WhatsApp and Messenger
☛ 5,000 downloads on TikTok

And most interestingly
☛ 197.9 million emails sent

https://www.statista.com/chart/25443/estimated-amount-of-data-created-on-the-internet-in-one-minute/

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Scams that you may get caught in Cyber Space

  1. Frauds/Scams through fake or Impersonated Facebook accounts
  2. Phishing through viral links on Social Media & Chat Applications
  3. Ransomware/Malware through email attachments and viral links
  4. Data theft in the sale of mobile phones
  5. Unbelievable Lottery winning scams spread through email/SMS/chat messages
  6. Sextortion (Blackmailing with pretending that they possess your personal/private pictures and videos)

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Reader Security Updates

Impact:

  • Executing unwanted applications
  • Expose sensitive information
  • Denial of service

Apply the security update as mentioned in the Adobe security bulletin:
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb21-51.html

More details :
https://www.cert.gov.lk/view?lang=en&articleID=254

Multiple security vulnerabilities in Zimbra email collaboration software

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered multiple security vulnerabilities in Zimbra email collaboration software that could be potentially exploited to compromise email accounts by sending a malicious message and even achieve a full takeover of the mail server when hosted on a cloud infrastructure.
https://www.cert.gov.lk/view?lang=en&articleID=256

Chinese Hackers Target Major Southeast Asian Telecom Companies

Three distinct clusters of malicious activities operating on behalf of Chinese state interests have staged a series of attacks to target networks belonging to at least five major telecommunications companies located in Southeast Asian countries since 2017.
https://thehackernews.com/2021/08/chinese-hackers-target-major-southeast.html

Cyber News

Japan breaks internet speed record with a 319Tbps data transfer

The new fiber could help satisfy demand for 6G and beyond.

The many-gigabit internet speed records of a decade ago now seem downright inadequate. Motherboard reports that scientists at Japan’s National institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have smashed the internet transfer record by shuffling data at 319Tbps. For context, that’s almost twice as fast as the 179Tbps a team of British and Japanese researchers managed in August 2020.
https://www.engadget.com/japan-breaks-internet-speed-record-200136933.html

Shares slide after China brands online games ‘electronic drugs’

Shares in two of China’s biggest online gaming firms have slipped after a state media outlet called them “electronic drugs”.

Tencent and NetEase shares fell more than 10% in early Hong Kong trade before regaining some of those losses.
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58066659


Online Proposal

Shali is a 23 year old girl from Badulla. She just started her first job in Colombo. One day her phone rang, it was from an unknown number.

Caller 01: “Hello, Shali”
Shali : “Yes, May I know who you are?”
Caller 01: “You are so beautiful. I would like to consider you as my future bride, tell me more about you…”
Shali : “What?”
beep …beep… beep (Shali hung up the phone)
————–

Caller 20: “Hello, Can I talk to Shali?”………………………….

This was the 20th unknown person(male) called her during last two days.. What happened next? What did Shali ask from him?……..

 

See full story…


Are you a gamer? Are you safe ? PC/ Mobile gaming and safety! 

Title : Are you a gamer? Are you safe ? PC/ Mobile gaming and safety!
Date : 28th August 2021
Time : 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Resource person : A. Priyadarshana – PC GuideLK
Medium : Sinhala
For whom: Specially for gamers and their parents and anyone interested

Discussion points :

  • Security features of gaming
  • What are the trusted websites to download games
  • How to protect your gaming account
  • How to setup your device for safe gaming
  • What are the cyber attacks cause when gaming
  • How a person addicts to gaming and how to avoid it
  • How to block auto downloads in games

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Awareness Programmes

An awareness session of Hithawathi was held on 29th – 30th July 2021,  during the Website designing – Joomla Training Programme – for 120 students and teachers of Galle and Kandy educational zones, organized by Webcomms Global.

Movie Hint
The Social Network

The Social Network is a 2010 American biographical drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, it portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB95KLmpLR4

GADGET
How to Embed NFC Chips into Your Acrylic Fingernails for Unlocking Your Phone and Much More


Most people’s experience with NFC and RFID is from using smart cards to unlock office building doors. But, the same qualities that make the technology ideal for smart cards — like the small size, low cost, and not needing a power source — also makes them perfect for applying directly to your fingernail!

https://www.hackster.io/news/how-to-embed-nfc-chips-into-your-acrylic-fingernails-for-unlocking-your-phone-and-much-more-51ea87d6a169

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