Last updated on March 21, 2024

Volume 05 Issue 02 – 20th  February 2024

Hithawathi Monthly Bulletin

Share with Care: Staying Safe on Social Media

  • Prize your personal info
  • Check your settings
  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • Passwords: Think long, strong, unique
  • Share with care!
  • Posts are like ghosts
  • Be choosy about friends and followers
  • Block the bullies!
  • Don’t take the phishing bait!

Cyber News

Online Safety Act gazetted
The Online Safety Act has been published in the government gazette, bringing it into effect as the Online Safety Act, No. 9 of 2024.

Data Privacy Week: Companies are banning generative AI due to privacy risks
More than a quarter (27%) of organizations have banned the use of generative AI among their workforce over privacy and data security risks, at least temporarily, according to the Cisco 2024 Data Privacy Benchmark Study.

Taylor Swift deepfakes amass 47 million views on X
Taylor Swift has become the subject of non-consensual deepfake pornography as sexually explicit images of the star flood social media platforms.

AnyDesk Hacked: Popular remote desktop software mandates password reset
Remote desktop software maker AnyDesk disclosed on Friday (2nd Feb) that it suffered a cyber attack that led to a compromise of its production systems.

Hundreds of network operators’ credentials found circulating in Dark Web
After the recent incident involving Orange España and the leakage of credentials from the RIPE NCC portal, which led to a major outage, the cybersecurity community needs to reconsider the digital identity protection for staff engaged in network engineering and IT infrastructure management.

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!

OTP Mess

Dimantha hurriedly called Hithawathi for advice because he thought his mom got caught in a trap. He wanted to know what to do right away. Hithawathi listened carefully as Hemantha explained the situation his mom faced.

See what happens next

Awareness Programmes

Past Events:

Cyber Safety awareness session
At SLIIT Business School, Malabe

An awareness session on Hithawathi services and Cyber safety was conducted by Hithawathi on 14th February 2024 from 9.30am to 10.30am at SLIIT Business School, Malabe. The 1st year Business Management students participated in this session.

Awareness on Hithawathi project at workshop for SMEs
At Galle Chamber of Commerce Auditorium

An awareness session on Hithawathi services was conducted by Prof. Gihan Dias, CEO of LK Domain Registry on 10th February 2024 at workshop for SMEs held at Chamber of Commerce Auditorium, Galle. SMEs in Galle and DigiGo partners participated in this session.

Cyber Safety awareness session
At Webcomms Global – via Zoom

An awareness session on Hithawathi services and Cyber safety was conducted by Hithawathi on 8th February 2024 from 2pm to 4pm via Zoom. Staff of the Webcomms Global participated in this session.

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Critical RCE vulnerability in Cisco unified Communications products
The vulnerability could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.

CISA adds one Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog
CISA has added one new vulnerability to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation.

Zero-day vulnerability in Apple products
Apple has released security updates to address a zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2024-23222) in their products.

Movie Hint

I, Robot (2004)

In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.



Power Plants

Researchers have developed artificial plants that harvest energy from wind and rain, addressing power supply challenges for sensor networks.

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