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Police nab hacker of net security firm's site

Update: February, 08/2012 - 09:47

HA NOI — Viet Nam's largest internet security firm BKAV today said police had seized the perpetrator who hacked into its website, paralysing it since last Friday.

The hacker, who allegedly admitted his offence, was identified as a computer security employee of an IT company in Ha Noi, BKAV said.

The police tracked the IP address and found that it originated from a private house in Ha Noi's Hoang Mai District. The location was then identified as the home of the offender.

Two laptops thought to have been used in the attack were seized at the scene, BKAV said, declining to provide further details of the suspect.

"As we have said many times, any cyber attack will sooner or later be discovered" said the director of BKAV's internet security department, Nguyen Minh Duc.

Duc cited a similar attack to BKAV's website in October 2008 that was also discovered and punished.

Deputy head of the Police's Department's hi-tech criminal unit Tran Van Hoa said cyber attacks had increased in recent years, resulting in negative affects to the country.

"We will strive to cut down this sort of criminal activity," he stressed.

An initial attack on was spotted by a member of the BKAV forum last Friday, but the attacks persisted over the weekend, making the website inaccessible.

The website was restored to full accessability yesterday afternoon.

Viet Nam has been experiencing an emerging number of cyber attacks in recent years in terms of both scale and complexity.

At least 2,240 websites of agencies and enterprises in Viet Nam were attacked by domestic and foreign hackers last year, according to BKAV.

June 2011 was considered the ‘hottest month' for the internet security community, with a record 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 last June. — VNS

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