Last updated on November 13, 2023

Volume 04 Issue 10 – 20th October 2023

Hithawathi Monthly Bulletin

See how you acted in cyberspace!
(Digital Footprint)


Have you ever wondered how you got notifications about your favorite shoe pair even before you collected money to buy it???
Who sends you these notifications on what you like…

Women to hold 30 percent of Cybersecurity Jobs globally by 2025.

Asia was the region that experienced the most cyberattacks in 2021.

TikTok is expected to reach 57.7% by 2025.

Americans lost $2.7 billion since 2021 to Social Media Scams.

Cybersecurity tips for remote workers

• Secure Your Home Office
• Secure Your Home Router
• Separate Work and Personal Devices
• Encrypt Your Devices
• Use Supported Operating Systems
• Keep Your Operating System and Software Up-To-Date
• Enable Automatic Locking
• Use an Antivirus
• Enable Find My Device and Remote Wipe
• Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)



Red Hat Releases Security Updates for “Looney Tunables” Vulnerability in Linux Distributions
The vulnerability CVE-2023-4911 allows local attackers to gain root privileges in Linux distributions.

Apple Releases Security Updates for iOS and iPadOS
Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in iOS and iPadOS. A cyber threat actor could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

Beware of online app–based loan scams, warns CERT
“During the installation, the application requires permission to access the phone contact list, picture gallery, and several other locations where sensitive data is stored.”

Cyber News


Recommendations to safeguard Sri Lanka’s vulnerable children
The report addresses a wide range of issues concerning child protection, including issues related to institutionalized environments, lack of parental care, family separation, digital media exposure, child labour and more.

Israel’s government, media websites hit with cyberattacks
Hacktivists, including cyber gangs such as the infamous Killnet, a Russian hacker group, are targeting various Israeli organizations following deadly attacks by Hamas militants.

Microsoft launches new web app store for Windows
Microsoft has rebuilt its web version of the Microsoft Store from the ground up with a new UI and easier ways to find apps.

A Decade-Long Active User Banned from Facebook Finds Mental Health Boost
A-decade long active user Leah Borski, who was banned from Facebook says that the experience has improved her mental health.

Family sues Google for directing father to a collapsed bridge leading to fatal accident
It mentions a report from a female driver who requested Google to update its navigation systems.



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!

Affair that went wrong



was a teenager when he was following an online Computer diploma course. Almost all of his friends had girlfriends and Sandun also felt that he needed a girl. When Sandun met his friends at meet ups they often brought their girls along and he also wanted to do the same. So he started to look for a girl through Facebook.

See what happens next

Awareness Programmes

Past Events:

Launch of revamped Yeheli website

Hithawathi was invited for the Launch of the revamped website of Yeheli by Dialog. This event took place at Dialog Headquarters on 13th October 2023.

Consultation with CSOs working on CSGBV and GOHS

Hithawathi participated in a CSOs forum on cyber-sexual and gender-based violence (CSGBV) and gendered online hate speech (GOHS) to finalize country priorities to engage with Big Tech companies, held on 12th October 2023 at Colombo 3. Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ), and Hashtag Generation as a Consortium has initiated this program known as “Caught in the Web” (CitW).

Introduction to ICT industry Awareness on Cybersafety at Wanarathana Vidyalaya, Gampaha

An introduction to ICT industry along with awareness about identifying and mitigating Cyber Harassments was held on 26th September 2023 at Wanarathana Vidyalaya, Gampaha. This was conducted by Hithawathi in collaboration with Axiata Digital Labs (ADL). About 100 participants including Advanced Level students, teachers and principals of schools in that area and representatives from Zonal Educational office participated in this event.


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Movie Hint

Hot Seat (2022)


A reformed hacker turned cyber security technician finds himself in the HOT SEAT when he realizes that he’s just armed a bomb under his chair and he’s forced to help a maniacal anonymous caller pull off an impossible cyber robbery.




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