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283m USD Lost in Vietnam during 2010 Because of PC-Viruses

The Bach Khoa Internetwork Security Center (BKAV), which conducted a survey during January 2011 reports that there wasn't any significant improvement in infections from computer viruses during 2010, while the malicious programs actually resulted in a total loss of 283m US dollars for end-users in Vietnam.

In general, all computer operators within Vietnam encountered a loss of 57 US dollars due to a virus during 2010. No less than 5m PCs were operated and often across the country.

Furthermore according to the figures by BKAV for 2010, 93% of Vietnam's PCs became contaminated owing to a virus for a minimum of one time although that's slightly better than the rate in 2009 which was 97%. In addition, about 36% of PCs within Vietnam encountered a virus infection a single time every month during 2010 while the major avenue for the spread of the contaminations continue to be USB gateways.

BKAV's figures also show that 53% haven't sufficiently attended to the passwords for accessing their computers or e-mails whereas 63% of PC operators stated that they didn't ever lock their PCs when not using them. Info.vn reported this on March 2, 2011.

State the BKAV experts, the main factor attributed to many PCs within Vietnam getting contaminated with a virus is that people habitually utilize cracked or unlicensed software. Alongside, the users continue to follow all strange web-links that causes the greatest destruction of becoming contaminated with Fake AV virus.

In the meantime, in its advice to end-users, Network Security Division Nguyen Minh Duc of BKAV tells that it is better to disregard web-links inside e-mails that strangers send. Vietnamnet.vn stated this on March 1, 2011.

Moreover, the researchers at BKAV found that a lot of top Vietnamese websites have constantly been infiltrated with virus alternatively struck with DDoS assaults. Additionally, certain hacker gangs loaded malware like viruses onto computers for network security for theft of internal classified data belonging to a few Vietnamese organizations, they revealed.

Nevertheless, 93% of survey participants stated that for combating viruses effectively, they had to deploy copyrighted anti-virus applications as it was hazardous to utilize pirated software.

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