Alleged Chinese hackers compromise
The defaced website of Vietnam Airlines is seen in this photo posted on Facebook.
On Friday afternoon, some flight information screens at both
Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat confirmed to (Youth) newspaper at 6:00pm that relevant authorities have stopped the hackers from attacking the systems at both airports.
Airlines at the terminals had to shut down some check-in counters and switched to manual procedure completion, which may lead to flight delays.
Competent agencies are looking into the incidents to identify their causes, deputy minister Nhat said.
As of 6:30 pm, many out of 21 airports across
“All Internet systems have been switched off so we had to do everything by hands,” an airline attendant at Tan Son Nhat airport said.
A video posted on Facebook on Friday afternoon also shows the loudspeaker system at the same airport delivers an announcement in English, with the same offensive messages.
Some Vietnamese internet security experts also posted on their Facebook photos showing that the VIP passenger section on the website of Vietnam Airlines had also been hacked and defaced.
According to a screenshot, the hackers said they are
A Vietnam Airlines later confirmed that its website had been hacked, but did not know how long it had been under control of the hackers.
“We are trying to restore data and cannot comment at the moment whether the data has been leaked to outside sources,” the source said.
A source said data of some 411,000 passengers had been in the hand of the hackers.
As of 6:30 pm, the Vietnam Airlines website was fully restored to normal state.
An Internet security expert told Tuoi Tre the alleged Chinese hackers must have been able to penetrate deeply into the carrier’s system to be able to take control of the screen and loudspeaker systems.
The carrier said at 5:45 pm that it had isolated and taken back control over the compromised systems.
Many Vietnamese security agencies and companies have joined hands to help the airline.
Vietnam Airlines said it has deployed back-up plans to ensure safety and operations at airports.
The hacking came amid a string of recent actions by
The July 12 ruling by the court in
"There was no legal basis for
The ruling is claimed as a victory by the
1937CN is the hacker group that has launched numerous attacks to
Only in the last two days of May last year, around were attacked by those hackers,
Among the attacked websites were 15 government-run platforms, with the domain name of .gov.vn, and 50 education (.edu.vn) ones, according to WhiteHat, an online forum for Internet security enthusiasts run by Bkav.
Around 200 websites of the
1937cn claimed responsibility for the attacks and made them public on their website, according to WhiteHat.
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