Gov’t calls for tighter cyber security

Nguyen Minh Hong, deputy minister of Information and Communications, asked all Government agencies and local authorities on June 20 to tighten security of digital information.

A website broken into by hackers who posted a Chinese flag on the home page (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

He asked units responsible for information technology in ministries and government organizations as well as information and communication departments of central cities and provinces to check and repair security breaches.
The deputy minister asked agencies and local authorities to apply measures to protect information, such as frequent scanning malicious codes and viruses, and periodically change and manage accounts and passwords of network administrators.
Host suppliers were ordered to check servers that store digital information of Government agencies and immediately report to Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team of serious lapses faced by important information systems so that the team can adopt timely measures to deal with the problem.
The ministry instructed agencies to report of computer breakdowns that have occurred since early this year.
The order followed reports that several Vietnamese websites, including portals of many government agencies and news websites, have been hacked recently.
According to CMC Information Security, over 300 Vietnamese websites were hacked from early May to early June.
On June 2 alone, hackers CmTr hacked 200 Vietnamese websites. 

By Tran Luu – Translated by Hoang Yen

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