Hithawathi

Monthly Bulletin

Volume 01 Issue 04 – 20th August 2020

Social Engineering

The term Social engineering defines a wide range of malicious activities that involve human interactions, which consist of misleading the innocent tactfully to make mistakes, give out user credentials and the confidential personal information.

In today’s world, social engineering is recognized as a technique that criminals and cyber-crooks use to trick users into exposing confidential information, which is supposed to be kept safely unless that is requested by a relevant app for security purpose or verification.

Globally, more than 5.19 billion people now use mobile phones, with user numbers up by 124 million (2.4 percent) over the past year.

Ref. https://wearesocial.com/blog/2020/01/digital-2020-3-8-billion-people-use-social-media

Do you know how to identify a virus on your computer?
Here are a few things to watch for

  • Repeated error messages
  • Unexpected shutdowns
  • Computer suddenly slows down
  • Takes too long to shut down or restart
  • New toolbars you didn’t install
  • Changes to your homepage
  • Rapidly draining battery

SIGRed: Another Critical Wormable Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Attackers often abuse Windows DNS servers to gain access to targeted networks. The recent discovery of SIGRed, a critical, wormable remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in the Windows DNS server can probably prove to be a jackpot for threat actors.

https://cyware.com/news/sigred-another-critical-wormable-remote-code-execution-vulnerability-b797a4d1

Facebook phishing – sending links to steal contact lists and harass

(Some names and details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.)

When Ayodya was checking her Facebook Inbox, she could find the below message,
“Hi there,
We found the following link with your cute naked pictures and hot videos;
www.xyzja;uy;qjyq’qfj-kfkflsj,jl;ftyj
Hope you will upload some more and we are waiting for the latest release.
Have fun!”
Ayodya was shocked and she couldn’t imagine what was happening ; if someone had edited or were they real pictures and thousands of questions were running on her mind. Whatever it was, she clicked the link to see. It directed to a page just like Facebook website login page. She entered username and password.. Oops.. then what had happened…

See full story…

Hithawathi participated the event, “The Standard Operating Procedure for the Police in Addressing Complaints on Cyber Harassment”, organized by Women In Need (WIN) on the 28th of February 2020 at 3.00 pm – @ The Lighthouse Auditorium and Lawns. No.24, Horton Place, Colombo 7.

Director General of the Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission Mr. Oshada Senanayake , Additional District Judge Mr. Sandun Vithana. Many committed women’s and relevant organizations and child rights activists were participated for the event.

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Hithawathi conducted an awareness programme on : “The Impact social media has on our romantic life”
This special workshop was designed for MAS Holding Factory employees – on Valentine’s Day – 14th February 2020.

Venue: MAS Fabrics park, Kurunegala Road, Thulhiriya – @ MAS Kreeda – Methliya
Participants: Machine Operators and management staff at Mas Holdings Thulhiriya Factory