Nearly 120 government websites in Vietnam attacked this year: report

By Khanh An, Thanh Nien News

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Cybersecurity is emerging as a crucial issue for Vietnam as nearly 120 government websites and more than 3.2 million computers have been attacked this year, according to a new report. 
The report, released by the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday, marked the country's Information Security Day. 
At the event, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Hung said Vietnam has been listed among countries with high infections of malicious code and malware.
The problem has caused serious damage and threatened Vietnam’s image and credibility, he said.
The Vietnam Information Security Association, one of the organizers of the conference, said the number of Denial of Service (DoS) and defacement attacks on websites in Vietnam remains high. 
There were 1,597 cases of Chinese hackers attacking Vietnamese websites amid tensions in the East Sea when China stepped up infrastructure construction on Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands, the association said.
From January to September, 7,400 websites were attacked in total.
Ill-prepared
Hung said that many agencies in Vietnam have not invested enough in information security and can become easy targets of cyberattacks.
“Many agencies and organizations pay little care to measures to ensure security and deal with attacks,” he said.
According to a survey of 221 agencies and organizations conducted by the Vietnam Information Security Association’s southern branch, only 34 percent of them have an officer or employee specialized in cybersecurity. That was much lower than a ratio of 73 percent in last year’s survey.
Most of them spent less than 5 percent of overall spending on information technology and security.
About one of every four respondents hired information security services, mostly for scanning and detecting viruses. 
Trinh Ngoc Minh, vice chairman of the branch, said most companies focus on doing business and ignore information security.
“Business leaders should improve awareness of information security, especially Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and ransomware, to be able to cope with more challenging situations,” he said.
“Enterprises should also coordinate closely with relevant governmental agencies to share information for early response to cyberattacks.”

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