Vietnam both victim and source of massive cyber attacks

By Tuan Anh   January 23, 2019 | 05:06 am PT
Vietnam is the second most cyber-attacked country in the world after Russia, says leading cyber-security firm Kaspersky.
A screenshot of Kasperskys cyberthreat real-time map.

A screenshot of Kaspersky's cyberthreat real-time map on Wednesday afternoon.

On average, Vietnam suffered around 800,000 malicious code infections per day in January 2019, according to the global cyber threat real-time map of Kaspersky, a multinational cyber-security and anti-virus software developer headquartered in Russia.

On January 21, the daily number of infections reached nearly 900,000. In Vietnam, 21.5 percent of Internet users face threats of cyber attack, the company estimates.

Vietnam is also becoming one source of great cyber security threat in the world. In the fourth quarter of 2018, there were 992,952 online attacks that originated in Vietnam.

As part of efforts to make Vietnam a safe cyberspace nation, Kaspersky has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Vietnam National Cyber Security Center (NCSC).

It will allow the NCSC and other relevant agencies to review source codes, update and examine the components of Kaspersky Lab products via the Transparency Center in Zurich, Switzerland.

Kaspersky will also share its information and data through the Vietnam National Network Security Center, and provide support in criminal investigations under the guidance and supervision of NCSC and related agencies.

Vietnam’s cybersecurity law, which takes effect in 2019, bans internet users from organizing, encouraging or training other people for anti-state purposes.

The law bars people from distorting history, negating the nation’s revolutionary achievements, undermining national solidarity, offending religions and discriminating on the basis of gender and race.

It also prohibits the spreading of incorrect information that sows confusion among people, hurts socio-economic activity, creates difficulties for authorities and those performing their duty, and violates the legal rights and benefits of other organizations and individuals.

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