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Vietnam sees rise in cyber crime


Cyber crime in Vietnam has become more sophisticated with many IT networks being targeted. So said the director of the IT department at the Ministry of Public Security, Nguyen Viet The, during the two-day Cloud Computing and Security World 2012 conference that concluded on Mar. 23 in Hanoi. He said that last year saw an unprecedented rise in security attacks. He blamed the increase in cyber crime on the growth of 3G technology, which made it possible to surf the net via a mobile phone. He said he expects cyber attacks to increase again this year because of the added risk posed by smart phone.

In Vietnam , thousands of websites were attacked by foreign hackers in 2011. In May and June last year, 329 websites with domains gov.vn were attached, while on October 23, 2011 alone, 150 websites were attacked. The said organisations need to improve website administration to deter attacks. He also said cyber criminals have been exploiting social networks sites such as Facebook and Twitter to access confidential information.

Consolidating technological infrastructure with modern e-channel services not only enables enterprises to cut down on operational costs, improve storage performance and data storage rates but also helps reduce work pressure and enhance an organisation’s administrative ability, the conference heard. However, information security remains a serious concern for many governmental offices and enterprises.

It is estimated that 64.2 million computers in Vietnam were infected with viruses in 2011 – an average of 175,000 per day. Meanwhile, 2,245 websites belonging to Government offices and enterprises in Vietnam were attacked last year, equal to 187 per month.

Read more: NNT

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