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DIMO CERTIFIED offers convenient way for European luxury vehicle owners to sell their vehicle



DIMO CERTIFIED, the pre-owned vehicle sales arm of DIMO, one of the leading conglomerates in Sri Lanka, now offers the most convenient way for European Luxury vehicle owners to sell their vehicle with peace of mind, together with the trust placed on DIMO as a Sri Lankan brand for over 80 years. DIMO constantly strives to pay gratitude to the clients’ trust placed on the brand by continuing to offer the best with utmost care to the valued clientele. On the other hand, when selling your luxury European vehicle, it is assured that the best value for the vehicle is derived with DIMO’s trusted valuations along with guaranteed peace of mind during the transactions.

Over the years, Mercedes-Benz, Jeep and Chrysler owners enjoyed an exceptional service when selling their pre-owned vehicles and now corporates as well as individuals will have the opportunity to experience the eight decades of trust and expertise of DIMO when they sell their luxury European vehicle.

DIMO CERTIFIED provides any customer the opportunity to both sell and buy a pre-owned luxury vehicle that includes a wide selection of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, and Jeep SUVs as well as other Luxury European vehicle brands registered after 2010. With DIMO CERTIFIED, the customer is always in DIMO’s safe hands with the assurance that the vehicle is in the original condition as it is presented from the time of inspection to delivery, as promised.

Traditionally, selling a registered vehicle is a time-consuming process which requires a significant effort from the seller. After posting the ads about the vehicle for sale on various platforms, the vehicle owner has to answer many phone calls from potential buyers, brokers and also from individuals who simply want to check the current price of vehicles in the market with no interest in actually purchasing a vehicle. Some would also want to visit the seller to inspect the vehicle, which is a significant health risk given that the COVID-19 virus is spreading at an alarming rate in the country. However, by reaching out to DIMO CERTIFIED, individuals interested in selling their Luxury European vehicles can avoid such hassles as DIMO’s professional service guarantees peace of mind. DIMO CERTIFIED’s professional valuation team with vast experience in handling world-renowned luxury automobile brands including Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler and Jeep will provide the most accurate and trustworthy buy back price for your vehicle.

A comprehensive vehicle check is carried out at DIMO 800 for Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler and Jeep brands which are imported and maintained by DIMO while other European brands are evaluated at DIMO AutoLab, the dedicated DIMO after sales service centre designed to cater to other European automobile brands. This is to ensure that DIMO CERTIFIED is able to buy back only the well-maintained luxury European vehicles with genuine mileage, for resale under the prestigious DIMO CERTIFIED brand. Above all, DIMO CERTIFIED also offers customers the unique benefit of selling the vehicle to DIMO without having to purchase another vehicle from DIMO itself.

Tharanga Gunawardena – General Manager (DIMO CERTIFIED Pre-Owned Vehicles) of DIMO stated, “As a reputed entity in the automobile industry with a rich history of over 80 years, DIMO has consistently offered innovative solutions in keeping with our customer-centric approach. We elevated our pre-owned vehicle sales business by revamping it as ‘DIMO CERTIFIED’ in 2020 where we added many new services to redefine the automobile sector in Sri Lanka. With our unparalleled expertise in the automobile sector, we are able to offer the most comprehensive service with trusted valuation and hassle-free, peace of mind transactions to our valued customers.”

The website CarsatDIMO ( provides a user-friendly platform for facilitating vehicle buyback processes with minimum hassle. DIMO is known as a brand that firmly keeps its promise to offer the best and an authentic service to the valued clientele, thereby a dedicated 24-hour hotline 077 244 97 97 has been made available for customers to contact DIMO CERTIFIED to clear any doubts about the buyback process.

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Ransomware menace plagues Sri Lankan businesses: Kaspersky



A total of 2,650 ransomware incidents were detected and blocked by Kaspersky cybersecurity solutions for businesses in Sri Lanka from January to December 2023.

Experts from the global cybersecurity company insist on organisations, regardless of shape and size, to beef up their IT security posture as ransomware, especially the targeted type, continues to be a damaging menace for organisations in the region.

“The era of widespread mass attacks by encryptors on both individuals and businesses is gradually fading away. Instead, we are witnessing a shift towards organised groups that execute hacks involving data theft and encryption, commonly referred to as double extortion. The rationale behind this evolution lies in the perpetrators’ ability to operate with greater efficiency, thereby enabling them to demand significantly higher ransom sums,” says Fedor Sinitsyn, Lead Malware Analyst at Kaspersky.

Last year, ransomware incidents in Sri Lanka include the compromise of 5,000 government-related emails as well as attacks on telecom servers.

“It’s evident that the threat actors behind ransomware attacks target all sectors in Sri Lanka. The total number of attempts may be low, but organisations need to realise the real impact of each successful ransomware infection, both on the financial and reputation fronts. It’s imperative for businesses here to look into cybersecurity technologies that provide absolute anti-ransomware effectiveness in third-party exams. Because not all cybersecurity solutions are created equal,” Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky.

Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business, Kaspersky Small Office Security and Kaspersky Standard demonstrated complete protection against ransomware in 10 different real-life attack scenarios during regular Advanced Threat Protection assessments held by AV-TEST.

To combat ransomware and assist those affected, Kaspersky, alongside Europol, the Dutch National Police, and others has the No More Ransom initiative, launched in 2016. On the official website, participants provide decryption tools, guidelines, and instructions to report cybercrimes, irrespective of the location of the incident.

By the end of 2023, Kaspersky marked the seventh anniversary as a key contributor to the No More Ransom initiative. This period witnessed expanded access to Kaspersky’s free decryption tools, in line with its commitment to combating ransomware. These tools, targeting 39 ransomware families, have been integral in assisting nearly 2 million victims globally, as reported by Europol, underscoring the profound impact of the No More Ransom initiative supported by Kaspersky.

To protect yourself and your business from ransomware attacks, consider following the rules proposed by Kaspersky experts:

Do not expose remote desktop/management services (such as RDP, MSSQL, etc.) to public networks unless absolutely necessary and always use strong passwords, two-factor authentication and firewall rules for them.

Promptly install available patches for commercial VPN solutions providing access for remote employees and acting as gateways in your network.

Always keep software updated on all the devices you use to prevent ransomware from exploiting vulnerabilities.

Focus your defense strategy on detecting lateral movements and data exfiltration to the Internet. Pay special attention to the outgoing traffic to detect cybercriminals’ connections.

Back up data regularly with special attention to offline backup strategies. Make sure you can quickly access it in an emergency when needed.

Avoid downloading and installing pirated software or software from unknown sources.

Assess and audit your supply chain and managed services’ access to your environment.

Prepare an action plan for reputational risk of your data exposure in the unfortunate event of data theft.

Use solutions like Kaspersky Endpoint Detection and Response Expert and Kaspersky Managed Detection and Response service which help to identify and stop the attack on early stages, before attackers reach their final goals.

To protect the corporate environment, educate your employees. Dedicated training courses can help, such as the ones provided in the Kaspersky Automated Security Awareness Platform.

Use the latest Threat Intelligence information to stay aware of actual TTPs used by threat actors. The Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal is a single point of access for Kaspersky’s TI, providing cyberattack data and insights gathered by our team for over 26 years.

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IDB and MOI organize National Vehicle Parade with all domestically value-added vehicles



A vehicle parade of locally manufactured and assembled vehicles organized by the Industrial Development Board (IDB) along with the Ministry of Industries (MOI), Sri Lanka Automobile Component Manufacturers Association (SLACMA) and Automobile Assemblers Association will be held for the third time, through Galle Face, Lotus Roundabout , Fort, Technical Junction, Punchikawatta, Maradana, Borella, Borella cemetery junction and to BMICH on June 18, 2024 from 4pm onwards. The IDB under the Ministry of Industries is a key stakeholder in the Standard Operating Procedure which facilitates automobile assembly and component manufacturing in the country. The roadshow will see a fleet of over 200 locally assembled vehicles parade the streets.

Chairman of Industrial Development Board Dr. Saranga Alahapperuma stated, “The IDB which is the statutory body responsible for the development of all industries in Sri Lanka, has a mission to provide the strategic, technological and commercial foundation needed to encourage, promote and develop all industries in the country. Hyundai, Proton, Chery, BAIC, DFSK, Wuling, Mahindra, TATA, JMC, Lanka Ashok Leyland, TVS and Bajaj are few of the brands that are assembled in Sri Lanka with the approval and certification of the Industrial Development Board.”

The services of the IDB are of great benefit to the automobile and auto component manufacturing and automobile assembly industry in the country.

It is the authority responsible for overseeing the auto component development, design, testing and certification for industries, automotive component costing and process/product optimization services, raw material testing and selection for automotive components, plant, machinery, equipment, tool appraisal and valuation and incubator facilities for automotive component developers. It is also the national tooling center for automotive component development and provides services such as foundry and metallurgy services for automotive component developers, technical inspection services, rubber compound development for automotive components and electro-plating services for automotive components through a network of district offices covering the entire island.

The IDB also provides industrialists with industry information services, incubator facilities, and even an electricity subsidy.

“The facilities provided by the IDB will help create a very favorable environment for the automobile manufacturing and assembly industry and the automotive component manufacturing industry to match world standards. The Sri Lanka Automobile Component Manufacturers Association (SLACMA) and Automobile Assemblers Association both are committed to help organize the Vehicle Parade annually, to whom which I thank for their efforts.” Alahapperuma said.

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Q+ Payment App goes trilingual to further facilitate payments for the masses



Highlights of the launch events in Nittambuwa and Jaffna,

‘Q+ Payment App’ – the first LankaQR certified mobile payment app in Sri Lanka – has gone trilingual with the launch of its groundbreaking Sinhala and Tamil versions at twin events held in Nittambuwa and Jaffna respectively.

Powered by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon, the Q+ Payment App is now available in the preferred language of the user, making the App and its payment options available to a much wider customer base covering the entire island.

The launch of the Sinhala version of Q+ Payment App took place at the Nihal Fashions complex in Nittambuwa, and was supported with a Cashback offer for QR payments for purchases from the merchant, the Bank said. The event was attended by the Head of the ComBank Card Centre Mr Nishantha De Silva, the Bank’s Regional Manager – Colombo Metro Mr Hemantha Sooriyabandara, branch managers from the area, and the management and staff of Nihal’s Group.

The Tamil version of Q+ Payment App was launched at TCT Multi Trade Centre in Jaffna, also with the participation of the Bank’s Head of Card Centre Mr Nishantha De Silva, Regional Manager – Northern Mr A. Jeyabalan, several branch managers and senior Bank staff from the region and the management and staff of TCT Multi Trade Centre.

Positioned as the next dimension of payment options, the Q+ Payment App enables cardholders to pay through multiple payment options via their mobile phones including ‘Scan & Pay’ by scanning the merchant’s QR code. Since the launch, the app has undergone numerous functionality-enhancing upgrades. Besides all the multiple payment options it offers, Q+ Payment App has also been enabled for different methods of fund transfers and scheduled payment options supported by year-round attractive Cashback offers, promotions and lifestyle events.

Q+ Payment App is the only QR payment app in Sri Lanka that supports six types of QR codes – LankaQR, VisaQR, MastercardQR, UnionPayQR, Indian UPIQR & Alipay QR. It was adjudged the Best Mobile App for Retail Payments in Sri Lanka for the last two years by LankaPay.

Sri Lanka’s first 100% carbon neutral bank, Commercial Bank is the largest private sector bank in Sri Lanka and the first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World.

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