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Browserspy Poses a Threat to Vietnam by Infecting Lakhs of Computers


Bkav Technology Group revealed that a malware called BrowserSpy was being discovered by their virus monitoring system on 26 July. The malware, as per the Company, has the capability to track all the actions of the users, and steal their data like passwords of Facebook or Gmail, and account information of banks, etc.


As per Bkav Technology Group, this malware called BrowserSpy is slowly and gradually becoming a threat to various industries of the country, as it has been discovered that the malware is already monitoring more than 560,000 computers, and the number is still growing fast.


The BrowserSpy is spread through the internet by the hackers by hiding it into a fake software, fooling the users to download it. Once a user download and enabled it into its system, a malicious browser gets installed by the BrowserSpy, and it begins tracking and monitoring the activities of the users. Simultaneously, the malware can also access emails, web history and searched content, in order to encroach and steal personal information of the users attacked. In addition to that, BrowserSpy also has the capability to take a computer into its control by updating and downloading other malicious codes, and perform further attacks.


Vu Ngoc Son, Vice President of Bkav Technology Group, commented that BrowserSpy infects the computers in such a way that there are no symptoms seen to the users that can detect anything malicious. Bkav further recommends running anti-virus software in order to remove the malware. Users are also advised to change their digital accounts passwords, which includes social media accounts, online banking and emails.


In order to secure country's information systems pertaining to infrastructure sector and certain banks, an alert regarding hacking attacks was issued by the VNCERT (Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team) on 23rd July 2018. VNCERT specifically pointed out an urgent need to track, block and delete malicious files, which can pose a threat of stealing confidential information from IT infrastructure and banks of the country.


Till 25th June 2018, there were 5,179 cyberattacks recorded in Vietnam, out of which 857 were malware, 3,200 were defacing and 1,122 were phishing attacks.

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