The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has vowed to take bolder steps to crack down on spam messages sent via internet and mobile phones, which is rapidly spreading with others cyber-crimes.

MIC Minister Nguyen Bac Son said during the TV programme People Ask, Ministers Answer on April 19 that the ministry will cooperate closely with authorities at all levels, particularly inspection offices to strengthen their work on the supervision and management of internet usage.

He said the cooperation will also aim to improve social awareness, particularly from internet service providers for preventing spam and cyber-crimes.

The invasion of spam into the internet and mobile phones has returned to attack after a decrease during the Tet holidays due to a series of regulations issued by the MIC, internet experts said.

The experts raised a question on whether all these measures are ineffective in the fight against spam.

However, according to the minister, all questions should have answers. He said the key point is that there should be close cooperation and unity among the whole society, authorities and the internet providers and users themselves.

The ministry will continue to promulgate legislation and legal documents in the management of OTT messaging, a new information service that provides customers with convenience but causes difficulties for management authorities.

OTT stands for over-the-top and is referred to as "value added". Most of the users have been using OTT services without actually realising it. Simply put, OTT refers to the service that customers use over the network services of their service provider.

The ministry has urged OTT service providers to share profits with internet providers, which are known as the infrastructure network service providers so that the State can be available for managing the activities and maintaining security for the whole internet environment.

Son said the ministry is also conducting research on the promulgation of a new circular for procedures involving signing contracts between internet providers and the OTT service providers.

Vietnam is facing growing challenges in managing the operation of illegal websites providing negative and bad information, despite a variety of new decree and regulations to tackle the issue, including the Decree 72 two years ago and a Circular last September.

He said this year, the National Assembly approved a Government programme for formulating a draft law on information security.-VNA