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Vietnam Bolsters Cyber Defenses after Hacker Attacks

In the wake of several hacker attacks against a major government-run news website, the Vietnamese government has unveiled a 10-year plan to boost cybersecurity, according to Asia Pacific Future Gov.

The plan, which will run from 2010 to 2020, has a budget of $42 million to strengthen the country’s cyber infrastructure and implement a legal framework to tackle Internet-based crime.

“[Ministry of Information and Communications] has drafted information security regulations, and penal provisions for cyber crime have been issued under the Criminal Code of Vietnam,” Nguyen Duc Tuan, a ministry official, told Asia Pacific Future Gov. “Assigned government agencies will have the power to investigate security breaches in accordance with the law.“

VietnamNet.vn was compromised by a hacker who was able to break into the site because of a software security error. All of the data was cleared off the host computer, and only 80 percent of the content was recovered, Asia Pacific Future Gov said.

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