Airports across Việt Nam have been ordered to tighten aviation security following cyber-attacks at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất international airport and Hà Nội’s Nội Bài international airport last Friday afternoon. — Photo daidoanket.vn
HÀ NỘI — Airports across Việt Nam have been ordered to tighten aviation security following cyber-attacks at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất international airport and Hà Nội’s Nội Bài international airport last Friday afternoon.
In its press release, the Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam (CAAV) said the attacks interrupted the airports’ electronic check-in systems, resulting in check-in procedures being handled manually.
Shortly after the attacks, the CAAV and the National Civil Aviation Security Committee ordered the northern and southern airport authorities to work with the Ministry of Public Security to handle the incident. Airports were also told to intensify checks at crowded areas with screens installed to prevent similar events, the CAAV added.
In a short interview with the Vietnam News Agency, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyễn Nhật said hackers took control of the screens displaying Vietnam Airlines’ flight information at the two airports, but were unable to break into the search and ticket-booking systems.
Flight operations and security systems at the airports remained unharmed, he added.
The computer systems at Tân Sơn Nhất airport in HCM City and Nội Bài airport in Hà Nội were hacked at 1:46pm and 4:07pm last Friday, respectively. The CAAV said the attacks affected more than 100 flights, dozens of them were delayed for between 15 minutes and over one hour.
The Ministry of Information and Communications on Saturday requested offices, organisations and businesses nationwide to take prompt measures to ensure their information security and screen their compliance with information security regulations.
It also urged IT teams to take the technical measures suggested by the Việt Nam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT) and promptly report problems. — VNS