Vietnam’s network systems hit by large APT attack

02-Nov-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Authority of Information Security has discovered a large advanced persistent threat (APT) attack campaign targeting network systems in Vietnam, with 400,000 IP addresses infected with malware, the local media reported.

The APT attack mainly targeted the State agencies’ information systems, according to the authority, which is under the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The authority on October 30 issued an alert on malware attacks and asked agencies, organisations, financial institutions and firms to promptly review their information systems and remove malware-infected files.

The national security monitoring and cyber attack incident response agency advised computer users to urgently install antivirus software to protect their computers.

The authority ordered the units to report the results of revisions following malware infection and spread prior to November 5.

Nguyen Khac Lich, deputy head of the Authority of Information Security, said that the APT attack was carried out by foreign hackers, adding that this type of malware is extremely dangerous.

The malware spread rapidly through emails, attempting to steal the users’ personal information and allowing hackers to carry out distributed denial of service attacks, Lich reported.

Users should remain cautious about reading “strange” emails and opening attached files to prevent the spread of malware, he added.

Also, users were advised to visit the authority’s website at ais.gov.vn to download virus scanning tools or antivirus software to protect their computers.

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