HA NOI — Computer viruses are on the rise in Viet Nam, according to the country's leading internet security firm BKAV.
The firm noted about 64.2 million virus attacks on computers last year, a 10 per cent rise over the previous year.
The figure represents an average of 175 attacks per day, the Ha Noi-based company said.
Most rampant viruses in 2011
As many as 38,961 new virus strains emerged in Viet Nam last year, with the W32.Salaty.PE malware being one of the most destructive, with about 4.2 million attacks registered by the malware on computers across the nation.
This malicious programme infects files on the victim's device and is designed to allow unauthorised users to download and launch other malware on the computer.
Meanwhile, at least 2,240 websites of agencies and enterprises in Viet Nam were attacked by both domestic and foreign hackers, according to BKAV.
BKAV last May reported on many cases of Yahoo! Messenger accounts coming into the control of hackers. These hijacked accounts are then used to swindle the victim's friends.
These attacks aim to fool users of accounts into clicking on a link in a message.
The hackers use the stolen YM accounts to chat with people on the victim's friend lists, telling them that their friend is in trouble and needs help in the form of a prepaid phone card and its activation code.
June 2011 was considered as the ‘hottest month' for the Internet security community with a record high number of attacks on websites in Viet Nam.
Nearly 200 websites on the same server, including the Binh Duong provincial Finance Department site, were attacked in June. — VNS