Last updated on November 20, 2023

Volume 04 Issue 11 – 20th November 2023

Hithawathi Monthly Bulletin

The feature of ‘Lock Profile’ on FB

The choice to lock your profile on Facebook is entirely yours. If you’re someone aiming to expand your network and forge a virtual career, opting for an unlocked profile is essential for building a vast virtual community. However, you cannot ignore the fact that publicly exposed content (e.g., photos, videos and other personal information) could be misused.

23,534 Facebook complaints during the last 9 months.

77% of Payment Apps are susceptible to Data Exfiltration Malware.

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore suffers Data Breach, 665,000 Customers exposed.

Data from GSMA Intelligence shows that there were 36.18 million cellular mobile connections in Sri Lanka at the start of 2023.

Australia’s second largest Telco provider Optus down for millions.

6 steps to accelerate cybersecurity incident response

Modern security tools continue to improve in their ability to defend organizations’ networks and endpoints against cybercriminals. But the bad actors still occasionally find a way in.

1. Preparation
2. Identification
3. Containment
4. Eradication
5. Recovery
6. Lessons learned



Atlassian releases Security Updates for Critical Vulnerabilities in Confluence Data Center and Confluence Server
The security update addresses one improper authorization vulnerability and one broken access control vulnerability in Confluence Data Center and Confluence Server.

DHS unveils New Shields Ready Campaign to promote Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched the new “Shields Ready” campaign to encourage the critical infrastructure community to focus on strengthening resilience.

Malicious package campaign on NuGet abuses MSBuild integrations
Attackers are exploiting for the first time a known security risk in a popular MSBuild feature to place hard-to-detect malicious files in the .NET repository.

Cyber News

Committee-stage amendments to Sri Lanka’s ‘Online Safety Bill’: CPA concerned

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), one of the entities that petitioned Sri Lanka’s controversial ‘Online Safety Bill’, has expressed deep concern over committee-stage amendments proposed to the bill.

American Airlines Pilot Union hit with Ransomware
The American Airlines pilot union is working to restore its systems following a ransomware attack, the latest in a rash of cyber incidents affecting the aviation industry.

Meta refuses to give political marketers access to its AI tools ahead of the upcoming US Elections
Tech giant Meta is staying true to its promise of refusing access to its political marketing tools ahead of the upcoming US elections.

TikTok lagging behind rivals like Facebook in security
A new study shows TikTok trailing behind rival platforms in terms of security while Facebook and YouTube lead the way.

ExpressVPN now comes with a handy password manager
Anyone with access to ExpressVPN can now use Keys, which is ExpressVPN’s new password manager.



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!

A compromise made to secure her degree


One morning Hithawathi received a call from a father, whose voice was trembling with worry and desperation. That father named Silva began to share his family’s mess with Hithawathi.

Mr. Silva: “Miss, my daughter is a university student, and she’s exceptionally bright and talented. We were overjoyed when she got accepted into the university. However, due to a traumatic incident that occurred yesterday, she’s now refusing to attend classes, locking herself in her room, and she seems utterly shattered. She’s constantly in tears and appears terrified. Can you please help us?”

See what happens next

Awareness Programmes

Past Events:


There was a stall for Hithawathi at Infotel, Sri Lanka’s largest ICT exhibition 2023 organized by Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS). Hithawathi leaflets, promo cards along with Suhurusara leaflets were distributed and raising awareness on Hithawathi was conducted in all three languages. About 3000 including many school children from all over the island and the general public visited there on 03rd, 04th and 05th November 2023.

Hithawathi Awareness session


An awareness session on Cybersafety and Hithawathi services was held on 02nd November 2023 at NSBM Green University Town – Homagama. Lecturers and about 50 students participated in this session.


An awareness session on Parental Controls, Cybersafety and Hithawathi services was held on 23rd October 2023 at Makulugaswewa Maha Vidyalaya under the initiative of “Hithawathi Teens Hub”, sponsored by LK Domain Registry. About 80 parents, teachers and the principal participated in this session.

Hithawathi Awareness session


An awareness session of Hithawathi was held on 20th October 2023 at the first event of at Galle. This was conducted by LK Domain Registry in partnership with FITIS (Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka). Owners of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the region participated in this event.

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Movie Hint

Silk Road – 2021


Directed by Tiller Russell, this is the story of the anonymous dark web market launched by Ross Ulbricht in early 2011. Ulbricht was jailed for life after an FBI operation shut down Silk Road.



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