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   ISSUE 64

23 November 2016

Article of the Month Around the World




Facebook is slowly becoming the internet.

The social network announced as part of its third-quarter earnings Nov. 2 that 1.79 billion people now access Facebook in some capacity every month�16 percent more than this time last year.

According to the internet-monitoring website Internet Live Stats, there are an estimated 3.42 billion internet users around the world, as of July 2016. The simple math shows roughly 52 percent of the entire global internet-using population has a Facebook account they check (at least) monthly.

As far back as July 2015, news outlets were reporting that about half of the world�s internet users had Facebook accounts. But now active Facebook users have jumped over that 50 percent mark.

The number of internet users is growing every day, thanks to increased access to affordable smartphones and initiatives to spread connectivity to traditionally hard-to-reach places. Even Facebook, in its bid to get that remaining 48 percent of internet users, is trying to bring the internet to remote locations using massive, autonomous, solar-powered drones that first took flight this summer.


And for millions around the world, there is no delineation between �the internet� and Facebook, thanks to the company�s connectivity efforts in developing nations. As Facebook continues to grow around the world, and rake in billions in advertising revenue on its users� data, it�s worth considering what it really means that millions rely on a single website for news and information (even when it�s fake), staying in touch with friends and family, and potentially as the only access point to the internet itself.


By: Mike Murphy Quartz

This article originally posted at: http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2016/11/more-half-worlds-internet-users-have-facebook/132905/?oref=ng-channelriver
























1 Statistics on the Internet growth in Sri Lanka
2.The Dragon Research Group (DRG)
3.TSUBAME (Internet threat monitoring system) from JPCERT | CC
4.Shadowserver Foundation
5. Team Cymru

  Unexpected implications arising from the Internet of Things
   "....The impact of the IoT on consumers� lives and corporate business models is rapidly increasing as the cost of �instrumenting� physical things with sensors and connecting them to other things � devices, systems and people � continues to drop....."

Windows 10 quick tips: Get the most out of Cortana


"...To help you get the most out of Cortana, I've put together some of my favorite tips for using it -- including using Cortana to manage your Google Calendar, identify the music you're listening to and track packages and flights....."


'...President-elect Donald Trump will ask the Defense Department and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff �to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America�s vital infrastructure from cyberattacks and all other form of attacks,� according to a video posted Monday....'

How security collaboration will prove vital in 2017



'....The dangers in cyberspace in 2017 will only increase � most likely with even more sophisticated attacks such as advanced IoT DDoS invasions and ransomware campaigns, not to mention sensitive data hacks with a variety of end goals � from stealing our most critical corporate and personal data to stealing elections.....'

Malware variants and spam rates skyrocket in October


'....Symantec reported a spike to 96.1 million unique variants of malware spotted by the research firm last month, almost double the number seen in September. Symantec credited the Kovter family of threats (Trojan.Kotver) for much of the increase along with the Mirai botnet attack that struck down Twitter, PayPal and Spotify.....'

Month in Brief
Facebook Incidents Reported to Sri Lanka CERT|CC in October  2016
  Statistics - Sri Lanka CERT|CC

Survey: 48% of organizations attacked by ransomware over 12-month

'"...In an international survey of 500 cybersecurity decision-makers, 48 percent of respondents said that their organizations suffered a ransomware attack over the past 12 months. Of that group, 80 percent said that their organizations had to defend themselves against ransomware at least three times during that same period....'


'...DNS provider Dyn has confirmed two massive distributed denial of service attacks against its servers Friday impacting many of its customers including Twitter, Spotify and GitHub. The attacks came in two waves, one early Friday morning and a second just a few hours later....'

This year�s most hackable holiday gifts

"...To accompany the list, Intel Security conducted a survey to identify the risky behaviors consumers are engaging in during the holiday season and educate them on how to protect themselves......."
Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You

'�People don�t think about this privacy vulnerability,� says Mordechai Guri, the research lead of Ben Gurion�s Cyber Security Research Labs. �Even if you remove your computer�s microphone, if you use headphones you can be recorded.�

Notice Board
  Training and Awareness Programmes - November  2016
05th to 11th November A/L Syllabus Training Meepe, Leadership Training Center,
17th to 21st November A/L Syllabus Training Meepe, Leadership Training Center,
24th to 28th November A/L Syllabus Training Meepe, Leadership Training Center,
25th November ICT Competition Auditorium, Ministry of Education
15th to 19th November EduCSIRT Internet Safety Programme Hotel Miraj, Colombo 6

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