Vietnam joins international information safety drills hinh anh 1Teams join the October 28 drill on cyber security. (Photo:

Vietnamese network security experts joined their counterparts from 13 other countries in a large-scale drill on October 28 to improve response to cyber security incidences, focusing on malware attacks.

Response teams from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam participated in the exercise to hone their skills in investigating, analyzing and eliminating spyware-related incidences.

Vietnamese participants included technical officials from the Party Central Committee Office, the Government Office, the National Assembly Office, the Information and Communication Departments of 40 cities and provinces, 24 ministries and ministerial-level agencies and major telecoms and information companies.

According to the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT), the international drill also aims to enhance cooperation among countries in the world to cope with large-scale breakdowns.

In the first nine months of this year, VNCERT detected nearly 3.3 million Vietnamese IP addresses infected with malicious software and controlled by servers outside the country, with 18,085 websites defaced or having their interface changed by hackers, including 164 websites and portals run by State agencies.

Vietnam ranks fifth in the list of countries with high risks of malware infection through PC’s internet connection and first in malware infection through USB or memory card connection.-VNA