In HANOI, (Xinhua) — In Vietnam 60 million computer systems are damaged by malicious codes, in every year, on Tuesday, as per report of the country’s leading computer security firm BKAV.
Most of the common infected codes are used by attackers to get digital currencies, important data, steal personal information, spread viruses through USB drives, and release APT it is an advanced persistent threat for attacks.
In all over the world, recently 735,000 computer system in Vietnam have been infected with a cryptocurrency-mining virus, even more than 1.2 million computer system has been infected with W32.XFileUSB that spreads via USB drives, BKAV said.
According to the firm’s calculation, malware infections made computer users in Vietnam to suffer losses of 12.3 trillion Vietnamese dong (544 million U.S. dollars) in 2017, up from 10.4 trillion Vietnamese dongs in 2016, some 8.7 trillion Vietnamese dong in 2015, and 8.5 trillion Vietnamese dongs in 2014.
As per the report of the Authority of Information Security under the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications, in 2108, the first five months of this year, nearly 19.6 million turns of Vietnamese IP (Internet Protocol) addresses were mobilized for botnets of attackers on the globe. A botnet is a network of private computer system infected with malicious software and controlled as a group without the owner’s permission.
The high rate of malware infections in Vietnam is mainly attributed to the low price of using copyrighted software, including anti-virus ones, according to local experts.
In spite of that, Vietnamese computer users rarely update software to prevent security holes, experts said, noting that up to 40 percent of the computer system in Vietnam face the SMB (Server Message Block) flaw.