Volume 05 Issue 01 – 20th  January 2024

Hithawathi Monthly Bulletin

How to avoid falling for falsehoods

  • Check the source
  • Determine the “5 W’s and the H”
  • Watch out for manipulation
  • Know your biases
  • Have a healthy suspicion of social media


Cyber News

Victoria’s courts are one of many that have experienced cyber attacks, which can cause delays and leaks

A major hack on Victoria’s court systems was the first reported cyber attack on Australia’s justice system, but similar incidents overseas show criminals are increasingly targeting sensitive official information.

AI’s threat to humanity: Experts estimate a 5% risk of total destruction
Many people think that AI is going to kill us all and take over the world.

Predictions about Cybersecurity challenges in 2024
Cybersecurity issues and challenges will continue to provide fodder next year for crisis-related situations for companies, organizations, and governments.

Report any type of crime against women and children via hotline 109
The Ministry of Public Security has introduced a new hotline to report any type of crimes against women and children in Sri Lanka.

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!

Loan Clone

Kanishka, a single mom working hard, took a break from her busy life by browsing Facebook. She felt stressed about bills she couldn’t pay due to tough times caused by the economic crisis. Then she saw a post on Facebook, offering quick and interest-free loans, exactly what she needed. Despite feeling unsure, she clicked the link and messaged the contact person named Samitha from the loan services.

See what happens next

Awareness Programmes

Past Events:

‘Hithawathi Teens Hub’ pilot project

A briefing session of Hithawathi Teens Hub was held on 20th December 2023 at Badulla zonal education office for school IT teachers of Badulla zone. About 20 participated in this session.

‘Hithawathi Teens Hub’ project

A briefing session of Hithawathi Teens Hub was held on 20th December 2023 at Passara zonal education office for school IT teachers of Passara zone. About 50 participants including Zonal Director, Zonal ICT Director and teachers participated in this session.

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



Multiple vulnerabilities in Juniper Secure Analytics
Security updates address eighteen vulnerabilities in Juniper Secure Analytics, including two critical severity vulnerabilities.

CISA releases three Industrial Control Systems advisories
CISA released three Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on January 4, 2024. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

Highly exploited Chromium bug traced to a Google OAuth endpoint
OAuth endpoint “MultiLogin” identified as root for Google Chrome’s widely adopted session jacking exploit.

Movie Hint

Eagle Eye (2008)

Two strangers, Jerry and Rachel, come together after receiving mysterious calls from a woman they never met. She threatens their lives and family to push them into a series of dangerous situations, controlling their actions using cellphones and other technology.




Four-legged Robot Ensuring Intelligent Sprinkler Automation

FREISA, an acronym for “Four-legged Robot Ensuring Intelligent Sprinkler Automation,” continues the storyline of the B-AROL-O Team’s saga.

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