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Vietnam’s national postal service attacked by ransomware | #ransomware | #cybercrime

By Luu Quy  &nbspJune 4, 2024 | 01:49 am PT

The Vietnam Post mobile application cannot be accessed on June 4, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Luu Quy

The Vietnam Post was targeted by a ransomware attack, rendering its website and application inaccessible starting Tuesday morning.

Huyen Trang, an online vendor in Hanoi, said she could not access the Vietnam Post application to deliver goods to her customers since the early morning.

“I waited until noon but still could not access the application, so I had to find a different way,” she said.

On certain online vendor communities in Vietnam, several people complained about not being able to create orders or use services by the Vietnam Post. Its website was also rendered inaccessible.

In an announcement made Tuesday noon, Vietnam Post said its IT systems have been targeted by a ransomware. The attack happened at around 3 a.m., directly impacting activities related to postal delivery.

“Services regarding finance postal, public administration and good distribution are still operating normally,” a company representative said, adding that there have already been plans in place to respond to the incident, including cutting off connection to the system to isolate threats and protect the data. It was also the reason why the website and application were disrupted.

“The Vietnam Post is working with authorities and its partners – top technology firms in Vietnam, to resolve the issues as soon as possible,” the company said.

The Vietnam Post is only the latest target among several major firms attacked by ransomwares in Vietnam. Previously, hackers also attacked stock platform VnDirect, oil corporation PVOIL and a telecommunications provider. Attackers managed to encrypt important data and demanded victims to give them money to decrypt them.

The number of ransomware attacks on Vietnam’s business platforms has increased by 70% compared to the same period last year, according to a cybersecurity report for the first quarter by Viettel Cyber Security.

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