Online crime could get jail time

A seminar to highlight information security issues and measures to tackle them will consider an amendment that will punish online crimes with jail time. 

The director of one commercial website had to pay a partner tens of thousands of dollars in compensation when hackers broke into his website.

The Viet Nam Information Security Day seminar will be organized on Nov 18 in Ho Chi Minh City by the HCMC Communication and Information Department and Viet Nam Information Security Association (VNISA).

The organizers said at a press conference yesterday that the seminar, which aims to protect businesses, will present an overview of the information security situation in the southern region, based on surveys conducted by VNISA.

It will also discuss passing an amendment to the Criminal Law Code that will give the courts the option of punishing online crimes with jail time, not just financial fines.

According to a report from the Internet Security Centre of Hanoi University of Technologies (BKIS), 342 websites in the country were hacked last year. Of those, Vietnamese hackers were behind 118 cases. Moreover, 140 websites were found having serious errors, according to the report.

The report says 20 local websites were hacked last month, 13 of which were hacked by Vietnamese and seven by foreigners.

The seminar will be organized at New World Hotel on 18th, November, in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

By H.M.T – Translated by Thanh Huong

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