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PM assigns setting up national committee to handle cyber attacks

Update: March, 21/2017 - 03:50
A cyber attack. — Illustrative photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — A national steering committee will be set up to fix incidents related to cyber security following a newly-approved decision by the Prime Minister.

The decision No 5/2017/QĐ-Ttg, signed by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, said the committee would be allowed to direct ministries of information and communication, public security, national defence and relevant agencies to co-operate to solve incidents of cyber attacks immediately.

The information ministry was tasked to be the standing body of the committee. The ministry must decide plans to deal with the incidents, Phúc said.

The decision was issued to fill the space for a national-level steering agency to co-ordinate rescue activities in case of a cyber attack.

Earlier March, websites at Tân Sơn Nhất Airport in HCM City, Rạch Giá Airport in Kiên Giang Province and Tuy Hoà Airport in Phú Yên Province were hacked, causing people unable to enter these websites to get information.

Last July, cyber attacks reportedly occurred at Nội Bài and Tân Sơn Nhất airports. Hackers managed to display pictures and words insulting Việt Nam and the Philippines, regarding the East Sea (South China Sea) dispute, on the information screens in the check-in areas. The official website of Vietnam Airlines was also hacked and replaced by the same pictures.

The incidents raised questions about Việt Nam’s cyber security preparations. — VNS


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