If you are having trouble viewing this email, click here to view this online


   ISSUE 3

21 OCTOBER 2011

Article of the Month   Around the World

Internet Survival Tips for Kids and Teens

1.       Never give any personal information to anyone you meet online. That means first or last names, phone numbers (they can be used to track down you home), passwords, birth dates or years, or credit card information. 

2.       Never meet up with anyone you don't already know. Don't tell anyone your schedule; don't say where you'll be hanging out. No party announcements. People are often not who they say they are. It's true: 1 in 5 kids will be sexually solicited online. 

3.       Don't fill out any "fun" questionnaires that are forwarded to you, even if they're from your friends. Remember, you're in a world where everything can get forwarded. All those personal things about you could land in the hands of someone who could use them to harm you. 

4.       Make sure you know everyone on your buddy list. If you haven't met the people face-to-face, they may not be who they pretend to be. Also, Instant Messaging strangers is an invasion of their privacy. 

5.       You do not have to answer emails or IMs from people you don't know. As a matter of fact, you shouldn't. Who knows who they are? Even if they say they're "David's friend," David could be a lucky guess. "Kids" you meet in chat rooms may actually be creepy adults. 

6.       There's no such thing as "private" on the Internet. You may think so, but it's not true. People can find anything they want - and keep what you post - forever. 

7.       Be careful about posting pictures of yourself (if you must, don't post sexy ones or ones showing behavior you wouldn't want your mom, teacher, boss, or potential college advisor to see). Just because an older sibling has posted snaps on a site doesn't make it a smart or a safe idea. Pictures with identifiers like where you go to school can be shopping lists for online predators and other creeps. 

8.       Don't send pictures of other people. Forwarding an embarrassing picture of someone else is a form of bullying. How would you like it if someone did that to you? 

9.       Don't download content without your parents' permission. Many sites have spyware that will damage your computer. Other sites have really inappropriate content. Your parents can check your computer's URL history, so you can't hide where you've been. 

10.   Never share your password with anyone.

(Courtesy: http://www.commonsense.com/internet-safety-tips/tips-for-kids.php )


Steve Jobs death exploited by Facebook scammers
  by Graham Cluley on October 6, 2011

It's impossible to express how sad many people in the technology world feel at the news of the death of Steve Jobs.

Sickeningly, as with the deaths of other figures in the public eye, there are scammers waiting to take advantage of bad news.

How social media can help you in emergencies such as cyclones and bushfires
  by Ben Collins and Meghan Woods | 20 October, 2011 10:45AM AWST

'....Social media has many advantages for sharing information in an emergency as well as some disadvantages. Its best feature is the speed with which social media can reach its audience. Emergency agencies can broadcast directly to an audience, removing the dependency on traditional media. Receiving emergency advice direct from emergency agencies can increase the trust and responsiveness in the audience. A large amount of specific information can be disseminated to an audience who can access it on demand......'


Month in Brief

Facebook Incidents Reported to Sri Lanka CERT|CC in September 2011


  Fake + Harassment



Statistics - Sri Lanka CERT|CC



The Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for September 2011 describes multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Server Software, and Microsoft Office.    
  Microsoft | Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011  
  Microsoft has released updates to address the vulnerabilities  
Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection  
  by Declan McCullagh October 7, 2011 4:00 AM PDT  

An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned. 

If this sounds a bit like the Tom Cruise movie called "Minority Report," or the CBS drama "Person of Interest," it is. But where "Minority Report" author Philip K. Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on algorithms: it's building a "prototype screening facility" that it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to "detect cues indicative of mal-intent.".....' 

  Notice Board
  Training and Awareness Programmes - October 2011
Date Event Venue
- 4 Award presentation of 'National level ICT Championship' organized by ICT Branch, Ministry of Education and Computer Society of Sri Lanka National Museum Auditorium
- 6 'World Teachers Day' - National Celebration and Felicitation of teachers 'Temple Trees'
- 18

CISSP Boot Camp

Cinnamon Lake Side Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka
- November 2011
- 3 'Safe use of Internet' programme under the 'Deyata Kirula-2012' pre-programme Thambuttegama Zone
- 23

Seminar on 'What the Hack' for non-IT personnel

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

'Certified Ethical Hacker' five day training program offered by EC-Council, USA

CICRA Institute of Education  No. 185/4, Havelock Road, Colombo 05

Brought to you by:                           

In partnership with: