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Cyber attacks hit 30 government websites

Update: September, 23/2014 - 09:03
Viet Nam ranks 12th in the list of countries facing the maximum cyber attacks.— Photo nld

HA NOI (VNS)  — As many as 1,039 Vietnamese websites have been attacked during the first half of September.

This is the highest number of cyber attacks in a month since the beginning of this year, a local online security page reported.

Of the attacked websites, 69 are owned by educational organisations with edu.vn domain names and 30 by government organisations with gov.vn domain names, according to SecurityDaily under the Viet Nam Information Security Association.

"Hackers took control of 30 Government websites for nearly 20 days from the end of August and it is really alarming," said SecurityDaily's representative Tran Quang Chien.

According to this publication, most of the hackers were Chinese, while the others were Indonesian, Syrian, Turkish and also Vietnamese persons.

Meanwhile, the recent National Day holiday on September 2 saw the highest number of hacking attacks, with more than 700 websites attacked simultaneously by Chinese hackers.

SecurityDaily said the attacks began on August 30 and lasted till National Day.

The hackers seized control of the websites and changed their interface, among other criminal acts.

Meanwhile, during the January to September period, nearly 4,800 Vietnamese websites fell victim to cyber-attacks, which was twice the number of sites attacked every year during the 2011-2013 period.

Viet Nam ranks 12th in the list of countries facing the maximum cyber attacks, according to the Internet Security Threat report (ISTR19) released by the Symantec Corporation in May.

The report showed that a series of attacks in 2013 caused the greatest loss in history. The total number of leaked documents in the world increased by 62 per cent compared with 2012, resulting in the identities of 552 million Internet users being revealed.

The hacking attacks rose 91 per cent, with assistants and people working in public relations being targeted more because cyber criminals were targeting celebrities or business leaders. — VNS

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