The Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Centre (VNCERT) held a seminar on strengthening safety for websites and portals in Hanoi on July 6.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong said that information safety had won public interest in recent times when many websites and portals had been continuously hacked, affecting their prestige and causing economic damages for businesses and State agencies.

Therefore, it was necessary to have technical guidance to ensure safety for websites and portals, while strengthening information safety measures in Vietnam , he stressed.

VNCERT representatives introduced draft guidelines on technical measures to ensure safety for websites and portals, which aimed to provide basic technical guidance to ensure information safety for software and hardware systems of websites and portals, as well as set up protection systems.

According to network security experts, between May and June, more than 300 Vietnamese websites were hacked through altered interfaces and stolen data. On June 2 alone, up to 200 websites were attacked. Websites of State management agencies and organisations were mainly targeted by hackers./.