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Viet Nam security firm hacker identified after investigation

Update: February, 28/2012 - 11:19

HA NOI — The Public Security Ministry's Hi-tech Criminal Prevention Department (C50) has identified the hackers responsible for an attack on Viet Nam's largest internet security firm, BKAV, nearly two weeks ago.

Police have yet to reveal detailed information about the hackers.

The one-week investigation uncovered other suspects who were believed to leave three menacing messages on February 14, 24 and 25 on

In one menacing message, the suspects said, "We're attacking the BKAV website to demand justice for another hacker who was arrested on February 7 for leaving a hacked file on the website."

Colonel Tran Van Hoa, deputy director of C50 said that the department was doing its utmost to suppress the criminals.

Director of BKAV's Internet Security Department Nguyen Minh Duc said every system had security holes despite the application of information security programmes.

Therefore, two years ago we offered a prize to anyone who could uncover BKAV security holes and provide us with timely information about the leaks, he said.

However, we would make absolutely no concessions to those who found the security holes then exploited them to attack us, Duc said.

He also rejected the recent rumours that there were eight security holes in the BKAV system.

Under current criminal law, hackers could receive a maximum fine of VND200 million (US$9,600) and up to five years in prison for illegally accessing internet or telecommunication networks or the digital equipment of other individuals. — VNS

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