Skip to content

Computer attack hits dissidents in Vietnam

Source: AP News

Hackers hit political dissidents in Vietnam, as more attacks target government dissent

Political bloggers in Vietnam are under a round of cyberattacks designed to block their websites, a sign of the widening use of targeted hacking to stifle government dissent worldwide, according to a new analysis by U.S. computer experts.

More than 15,000 infected computers are involved in the attack on just a handful of websites, and a “group of young people of Vietnam” has claimed credit. The attack coincides with a police crackdown in Vietnam on bloggers critical of the government.

But the analysis done by Atlanta-based SecureWorks, an Internet security firm, was not able to determine if the hackers were operating independently or at the behest of the Vietnamese government or Communist Party. The new analysis was obtained by The Associated Press.

The cyber strikes in Vietnam raise worries that such high-tech, carefully-aimed efforts to stamp out political criticism — potentially by foreign governments — are now expanding well beyond Eastern Europe, where cyber attacks used for political intimidation flared several years ago.

While using a network of computers to take down websites is fairly common, the latest attack is more targeted than most, said Joe Stewart, director of malware research for the SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit. Stewart said the strikes show there is a growing trend to use such attacks to send a political message, rather than to simply extort money — as has been done in other parts of the world.

“It is clear that the purpose of the botnet is to silence critics of the Vietnamese political establishment where their voices might reach beyond the borders of Vietnam,” said Stewart in the analysis.

Vietnamese police arrested two bloggers over the past week. A third blogger, Nguyen Van Hai, continues to be detained, even after serving his 30-month jail term. Hai, known as Dieu Cay, was charged with tax evasion and sentenced to jail after encouraging people to protest at the Olympic torch ceremonies in Ho Chi Minh city shortly before the Beijing Olympics. He had been critical of Chinese and Vietnamese government policies.

Stewart, in an interview, said that the attack appears to have been timed around Dieu Cay’s expected release date, and could have been designed to stunt the reach of protests when his incarceration was extended.

If that is so, Stewart said, “it would indicate some sort of collusion” between the authors of the attack and Vietnam’s political establishment.

A message from the hackers posted on a website claimed that they are young people from Vietnam who want positive change in the country. The hackers did not respond to an e-mail request for further comment or information.

Earlier this year, Vietnamese-speaking Internet users around the world were targeted by an attack — dubbed Vulcanbot — that duped people into downloading a malware program. Analysts at the time said the attack was aimed at activists, including those who had been critical of a bauxite mining project in Vietnam that has ties to China.

Stewart said that the latest attacks, which he called Vecebot, may be a more targeted continuation of the Vulcanbot attacks, and could have been done by the same hackers. There has been some speculation that Vulcanbot was orchestrated by the Vietnamese government or Communist Party, but there has been no solid evidence connecting them to the attack.

According to the SecureWorks analysis, more than 13,000 of the infected computers in the botnet — or network of infected computers — are in Vietnam, while a couple hundred are in the U.S. Others are spread across Europe and Asia, including France, Germany, Italy, Japan and South Korea.

Vietnam, a one-party state, tightly controls the flow of information and has said it reserves the right to take “appropriate action” against websites it deems harmful to national security.

In 2007, Russian hackers crippled computer networks in Estonia for nearly three weeks. Around the same time, opposition party and independent media in Russia also charged that their websites were attacked.

And in the weeks leading up to the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia, Georgian government and corporate websites were hit with denial of service attacks. The Kremlin denied involvement.

View the original article

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Posted in conspiracy, Freedom of Speech, Internet.

Tagged with , , , .

Support #altnews & keep Dark Politricks alive

Remember I told you over 5 years ago that they would be trying to shut down sites and YouTube channels that are not promoting the "Official" view. Well it's happening big time. Peoples Channels get no money from YouTube any more and Google is being fishy with their AdSense giving money for some clicks but not others. The time is here, it's not "Obama's Internet Cut Off Switch" it's "Trumps Sell Everyones Internet Dirty Laundry Garage Sale".

It's not just Google/YouTube defunding altenative chanels (mine was shut), but Facebook is also removing content, shutting pages, profiles and groups and removing funds from #altnews that way as well. I was recently kicked off FB and had a page "unpublished" with no reason given. If you don't know already all Facebooks Private Messages and Secret Groups are still analysed and checked for words related to drugs, sex, war etc against their own TOS. Personally IU know there are undercover Irish police moving from group to group cloning peoples accounts and getting people booted. Worse than that I know people in court at the moment for the content they had on their secret private group. Use Telegrams secret chat mode to chat on, or if you prefer Wickr. Or if you need to, buy a dumb phone with nothing for the NSA to hack into if you are that paranoid. Ensure it has no GPS tracking on it and the battery can be removed. These are usually built for old people to get used to technology storing only a set of numbers to call. However they have no games, applications to install and other ways people can exploit the computer tracking device you carry round with you most of the day.

So if your not supporting this site already which brings you news from the Left to the Right (really the same war mongering bollox) then I could REALLY do with some..

Even if it's just £5 or tick the monthly subscription box and throw a few pound my way each month, it will be much appreciated. Read on to find out why.


Any support to keep this site would be appreciated. You could set up a monthly subscription for £2 like some people do or you could pay a one off donation as a gift.
I am not asking you to pay me for other people's articles, this is a clearing house as well as place to put my own views out into the world. I am asking for help to write more articles like my recent false flag gas attack to get WWIII started in Syria, and Trump away from Putin. Hopefully a few missiles won't mean a WikiLeaks release of that infamous video Trump apparently made in a Russian bedroom with Prostitutes. Also please note that this article was written just an hour after the papers came out, and I always come back and update them.

If you want to read JUST my own articles then use the top menu I have written hundreds of articles for this site and I host numerous amounts of material that has seen me the victim of hacks, DOS plus I have been kicked off multiple hosting companies, free blogging sites, and I have even had threats to cease and desist from the US armed forces. Therefore I have to pay for my own server which is NOT cheap. The more people who read these article on this site the more it costs me so some support would be much appreciated.

I have backups of removed reports shown, then taken down after pressure, that show collusion between nations and the media. I have the full redacted 28/29 pages from the 9.11 commission on the site which seems to have been forgotten about as we help Saudi Arabia bomb Yemeni kids hiding in the rubble with white phosphorus, an illegal weaapon. One that the Israeli's even used when they bombed the UN compound in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. We complain about Syrian troops (US Controlled ISIS) using chemical weapons to kill "beautiful babies". I suppose all those babies we kill in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria are just not beautiful enough for Trumps beautiful baby ratio. Plus we kill about 100 times as many as ISIS or the Syrian army have managed by a factor of about 1000 to 1.

I also have a backup of the FOX News series that looked into Israeli connections to 9.11. Obviously FOX removed that as soon as AIPAC, ADL and the rest of the Hasbra brigade protested.

I also have a copy of the the original Liberal Democrats Freedom Bill which was quickly and quietly removed from their site once they enacted and replaced with some watered down rubbish instead once they got into power. No change to police tactics, protesting or our unfair extradition treaty with the USA but we did get a stop to being clamped on private land instead of the mny great ideas in the original.

So ANY support to keep this site running would be much appreciated! I don't have much money after leaving my job and it is a choice between shutting the server or selling the domain or paying a lot of money just so I can show this material.

Material like the FSB Bombings that put Putin in power or the Google no 1 spot when you search for protecting yourself from UK Police with "how to give a no comment interview". If you see any adverts that interest you then please visit them as it helps me without you even needing to give me any money. A few clicks per visit is all it takes to help keep the servers running and tag any tweets with alternative news from the mainstream with the #altnews hashtag I created to keep it alive!

However if you don't want to use the very obvious and cost free ways (to you) to help the site and keep me writing for it then please consider making a small donation. Especially if you have a few quid sitting in your PayPal account doing nothing useful. Why not do a monthly subscription for less money instead. Will you really notice £5 a month?

0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.