Monday, 19 Aug 2019

Over 6,200 cyber-attacks recorded in Vietnam in 7 months

Updated at Friday, 02 Aug 2019, 01:13
The Hanoitimes - The total number of cyber-attacks increased by 104% year-on-year. Specifically, phishing increased by 141%, deface increased by 109%, and malware by 26.57%.
Vietnam recorded more than 6,219 cyber attacks since the beginning of 2019, according to the latest statistics of the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Center (VNCERT) under the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The number included 2,155 phishing, 3,824 deface and 240 malware attacks.
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The total number of attacks increased by 104% year-on-year. Specifically, phishing attacks jumped 141%, deface attacks up 109%, and malware attacks up 26.57%.

In addition, the number of computers infected with malicious viruses (botnet) per day was close to 100,000 in the seven-month period. 

According to statistics from international cyber-security firms like Panda Security and Kaspersky, 230,000 new malicious samples were created every day together with about 4,000 ransom ware extortion attacks. The damage of extortion attacks averaged US$1,077 each.

For every 131 emails sent worldwide, there is an email containing malware. Technology experts said that cyber-attacks are changing rapidly with more sophisticated attack tactics.

A report released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in late March 2019 showed that Vietnam was ranked 50th among 194 countries and territories worldwide in the global cyber security index, up from the 100th position in 2017. 

The country ranked 11th among 38 countries and territories in Asia-Pacific, and fifth out of 11 countries in Southeast Asia in this regard, after Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. 
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