VietNamNet Bridge – A full 2,245 websites of Vietnamese businesses and organisations were attacked last year while 78 per cent of Government websites are vulnerable to cyber attacks.
A team from Vietnamese security firm BKAV work on solutions
to enhance website security. — Photo courtesy of BKAV
The number was similar to that in 2011, according to the Viet Nam Information Security Association (VNISA).
The association reported that while Viet Nam was among the world’s top five countries in terms of the number of internet users, it ranked 15th in the number of malicious links, 10th in the number of spams and 15th in the number of computer zombies.
A large number of transformed computer viruses which could steal data from websites were detected in 2012, the Cloud Computing Security conference heard.
The two-day conference, which ended last Wednesday, attracted 400 senior Government leaders, top corporate executives, IT directors and professionals who gathered for technology updates and best-practice sharing.
Information and Communications Deputy Minister Nguyen Minh Hong told the audience the Government had paid special attention to IT security in the last several years, particularly issuing the National Plan on Enhancing the Digital Security towards 2010.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) would complete the Law of Digital Security and submit it to the Government for approval by the end of this year.
“If approved, this will be the country’s highest legal document on IT security, which would help to solve the alarming rate of cyber attacks,” Hong said.
According to MIC, the ministry is about to establish an IT Security Department while enhancing the capacities of backup and rescue networks.
“We will also soon curb the alarming rate of mobile messages spam, email spam and disturbing calls,” Hong said.
Colonel Tran Van Hoa, deputy head of Internet Security Department under the Ministry of Public Security, said a number of foreign hackers had successfully accessed government and business websites.
According to data from servers scanned by the TrendMirco Internet Security Company, as many as 395 local servers were unintentionally hooked to foreign servers, mostly from China.
“This is an alarming number,” MicroTrend said in its report.