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Mar 08, 2018 / 17:13

More than 1,500 cyber-attacks to Vietnam in first two months

MIC in the first two months of 2018 had more than 1,500 network cyber-attacks on Vietnamese systems, said the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT).

More than 1,500 cyber-attacks to Vietnam in first two months
More than 1,500 cyber-attacks to Vietnam in first two months 
The team unveiled the information on March 7 in an annual drill to test the response capability of computers security incident response teams from 20 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Taiwan, Australia, India, Mongolia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and ASEAN member states – many of which are members of the Asia-Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT).

The APCERT Cyber Drill 2018, themed “Data Breach via Malware on Internet of Things (IoT)”, provided an opportunity for the participating teams to activate and test their incident handling arrangements.

In Vietnam, the drill took place in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang with the participation of about 300 IT workers and officials in the VNCERT network, including State agencies and local governments.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Hung said the IoT not only brings about opportunities but also imposes huge challenges in information safety and security. 

Billions of Internet-connected devices receive and share information together with a large number of cyber security vulnerabilities found every day. In the future, hackers may steal all information on the Internet to attack artificial intelligence, robots and industrial production activities, leading to “devastating consequences”, Hung added.

Nguyen Khac Lich, VNCERT Deputy Director, said the exercise aimed to be “as close to a real attack” as possible. The participants were meant to learn how to collect and verify information, analyze the pattern and behavior of the malware, trace the originator and then build a response, restore the system and warn others of the threats.

VNCERT recommends that agencies, units and enterprises should pay attention to deploying groups of solutions to ensure network information security, including: raising awareness on information security; enhancing risk prevention solutions; preventing network attacks; developing emergency plan for incident.