Hanoi (VNA) – In addition to the benefits, the booming social networks have brought many cybersecurity challenges to Vietnam.
Social networks, with their advantage of rapid and wide access to all, are a good tool for popularizing information, connecting the Party, the State and the people. At the same time, the rapid dissemination of unverified information created by users has a great effect on the psychology of people.
Statistics from the British organization We Are Social showed that at the start of 2021, 70% of the Vietnamese population used the internet with an average duration of six hours per day. Popular social networks in the country include Facebook, Zalo, Tiktok and Youtube.
According to deputy director and deputy editor-in-chief of the national political publishing house “Su That” (Truth) Nguyen Hoai Anh, the social network is an ideal environment and space for hostile forces and sabotage activists to carry out attacks. illegal acts that threaten national security. such as the dissemination of false information to create a mob effect for economic, political, military and diplomatic purposes; advocate opposing ideologies and extreme religious doctrines to cause political instability; and launch cyber attacks to steal information about state secrets.
The Internet and social networks have been continuously abused by hostile forces to sabotage the Party, the state and the revolutionary cause of the Vietnamese people, he said.
The Cyber ââSecurity Authority of the Department of Public Security reported that over the past decade hostile forces and malicious elements have used 8,784 websites and blogs with foreign domain names, as well as 381 websites. and blogs with national domain names to popularize false and toxic information.
Associate Professor Dr. Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Van Thanh, vice chairman of the Theoretical Council of the Party Central Committee, who is the former deputy minister of public security, said tech criminals have used cyberspace to attack and disrupt the information technology infrastructure system and the operations of organizations, agencies and individuals. They targeted the operating systems of roads, air transport, electricity and water supply and high-tech agriculture, as well as airports, bus and train stations, ports, the Treasury and banks, he said.
He pointed out that the security breaches posed an urgent task to ensure the security of information on social media in Vietnam.
The Party and the State have always asserted that cybersecurity is an indispensable element of national security, including the inviolability of national sovereignty in cyberspace, ensuring that all information and activity in cyberspace is not harmful to the stability and sustainable development of the Vietnamese regime and state as well as national independence, sovereignty, territorial unity and integrity, and social security and order in Vietnam./.