Last updated on September 20, 2023

Volume 04 Issue 09- 20th September 2023

Hithawathi Monthly Bulletin

Non-Consensual Intimate Images


“Nonconsensual intimate images” refer to suggestive graphic images that are shared without the consent of the person/s who appear therein. Most of the time these are leaked to take revenge or to create a bad impression about them in the society. Non-consensual intimate images consist of images taken during explicit intimacy with the intent of keeping them private, hidden recordings, images stolen from electronic devices and recordings of rude harassment.

60% of the world’s population uses social media. The average daily time spent using social media is 2h 24m.

A notorious ‘phishing-as-a-service’ (PaaS) platform sold hacking tools to compromise more than 70,000 users in 43 countries.

Malware loader lowdown: The big 3 responsible for 80% of attacks so far this year.

Global roaming fraud losses to surpass $8 billion by 2028.

Home Computer Security Tips

• Educate yourself and your family
• Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
• Back up important data
• Configure privacy settings on all devices
• Stay safe on social media
• Use a VPN
• Strengthen your router’s security
• Use a modern operating system
• Get protected with antivirus software
• Secure your passwords
• Secure home entertainment devices
• Guard your work devices
• Avoid phishing scams
• Surf the web safely
• Use a secure connection
• Don’t use suspicious USBs or other external devices
• Use non-administrator accounts on Windows and Mac
• Use mobile devices safely
• Avoid using debit cards to pay online



Critical Security Updates Released for Qlik Sense Enterprise for Windows
The vulnerabilities known as CVE-2023-41265 and CVE-2023-41266 could be chained together to achieve unauthenticated RCE.

VMware Releases Security Update for Tools
VMware has released a security update to address a vulnerability in VMware Tools. A cyber threat actor can exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information.

Scam Alert – Beware of this Scam targeting Sri Lankans
Scammers pretend to be Sri Lanka Department of Post

Cyber News


In world first, AI beats humans in physical sport
An artificial intelligence (AI) software has defeated three world champions in drone racing, a “new milestone,” according to its developers.

110 child abuse complaints from cyberspace
According to National Child Protection Authority, 110 incidents related to cyber child abuse have been reported.

15-year-old arrested for circulating doctored lewd content
A 15-year-old was arrested by the Computer Crime Investigation Division for allegedly circulating a doctored lewd video of a child actress on social media.

ChatGPT Mobile App’s Meteoric Revenue Surge in August
In recent months, ChatGPT’s mobile application has taken the tech world by storm, not only as a testament to the growing importance of mobile platforms but also as an embodiment of OpenAI’s journey in the ever-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence.

Cybercriminals use research contests to create new attack methods
The contests mirror legitimate security conference ‘Call For Papers’ and provide the winners considerable financial rewards and recognition from peers and also potential jobs.



Reel of the month


Watch the Reel posted on Hithawathi Facebook page on the 10th day of every month and Comment briefly on what you understood / added to your knowledge!
Five randomly selected winners will be awarded MD Gunasena bookshop gift vouchers of Rs.2,000/- each!
Many Thanks to LK Domain Registry for being the financial sponsor of this contest!

Shocking Fun



Suresh was in his early twenties when he was looking for a job. Most of the time he was at home playing computer games and usually in the evening he played cricket in the backyard with his friends.

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Awareness Programmes

Past Events:

Webinar on “Cyber Harassment”
ONLINE – Zoom & FB Live

Hithawathi organized a webinar session on “Cyber Harassment” on Monday 18th September 2023 at 10 a.m. via zoom. This interactive session was conducted in Sinhala medium and live streamed on Hithawathi Facebook Page. There were about 85 participants online.

Resource person: Mrs. Menaka Pathirana – Deputy Director, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka


To participate in future webinar sessions and learn about cyber security, please join our Viber or WhatsApp group by clicking the icons below:

Movie Hint

Hide and Seek – 1984


A young computer enthusiast develops a kind of artificial intelligence program named “Gregory P1.” To ensure its survival, the computer contacts other computers and begins to fight the humans. It also hooks into the mainframe computer of a nuclear power plant.




Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vehicle to conduct surveillance, counter illegal fishing and identify hazardous oil, safeguarding marine life.

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