Vietnam is facing a surge in sophisticated phishing and ransomware attacks, posing a significant threat to its digital transformation efforts. Tran Minh Quang, the director of Viettel Cyber Security, has expressed concern over the increasing number of phishing attacks targeting Vietnam’s cyberspace. Phishing attacks involve tricking victims into providing personal information, bank account details, or passwords by posing as fake institutions, banks, or online services. These tactics are becoming more sophisticated, making it even more challenging to identify and combat cyber threats.
Ransomware attacks are also on the rise, causing financial losses for companies, organizations, and individual users alike. Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on computers, demanding a ransom for their decryption. The damage caused by these attacks can be considerable, both in terms of financial implications and the inconvenience caused to the affected individuals or entities.
In addition to phishing and ransomware attacks, other forms of cyber threats such as scams via phones, text messages, and fake websites are also prevalent. Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly adept at using advanced techniques, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, to optimize their fraudulent schemes and increase their success rates.
Khong Huy Hung, the deputy chair of the Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA), has emphasized that these online scams not only harm individuals and businesses but also hinder Vietnam’s progress towards digital transformation, a digital economy, and a digital society. To combat these cyber threats, it is essential for individuals and institutions to prioritize cybersecurity and implement robust measures to protect themselves.
In response to the escalating cyber threats, the Authority of Information Security (AIS) has taken proactive measures to prevent online scams and protect people from fraud. In the first half of 2023, the AIS prevented 1,530 websites or blogs from violating laws, including 559 online scam sites, safeguarding approximately 2.7 million individuals. Moreover, the AIS has introduced the network trust ecosystem, which attaches trust labels to institutions and websites, enabling users to identify trustworthy platforms.
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has also been proactive in addressing the issue of online scams. In mid-June 2023, the ministry launched the Month of propaganda, identification, prevention, and fighting against online scams to raise awareness and protect people from online risks.
It is crucial for individuals and businesses in Vietnam to remain vigilant and stay informed about the evolving threats in the digital landscape. Implementing cybersecurity measures and maintaining a cautious approach while using online services can help mitigate the risks associated with phishing and ransomware attacks. As the country continues on its path towards digital transformation, safeguarding its digital assets and the privacy of its citizens remains a top priority.