Over 1,000 websites attacked in Vietnam last year

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Cyber attacks and virus dangers have increased alarmingly in Vietnam with over 1,000 websites attacked last year, doubling from 2008, a conference on information security held in Hanoi on Tuesday.

Over 300 websites had also been explored and attacked in this year's first quarter, Nguyen Viet The, head of Computer Operations Agency under the Ministry of Public Security told the national conference.

In the meantime, losses of thousands of billions of dong were recorded in hi-tech crimes like stealing email passwords and credit card information, speakers said.

This year Vietnam would face more virus variants and more complicated cyber crimes, mainly in the field of finance and banking, The warned.

He said Vietnam planned to spend VND765 billion (US$41 million) over the next 10 years on technical infrastructure needed to strengthen national information security.

The projects that receive priority from the budget will include one to establish a center to build a national security network and another to train information security experts for government agencies.

Part of the annual National Conference and Exhibition on Security, or Security World, the conference this year was held by the Ministry of Security, the Ministry of Information and Technology in cooperation with the technology venture capital fund IDG Ventures Vietnam.

Attending the fifth information security conference were leaders from ministries and organizations as well as local and international experts.

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