~66,000

EMAIL AND FACE­BOOK AC­COUNTS

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in Viet­nam were stolen in an ex­ten­sive cy­ber­at­tack. A group of hack­ers have made use of a Google Chrome ex­ten­sion to steal the sign-in de­tails of about 66,000 Face­book, Gmail and Ya­hoo Mail ac­counts to­gether with mil­lions of cook­ies of pop­u­lar sites, in­clud­ing Paypal, in Viet­nam. The cy­ber­at­tack was un­cov­ered just over a month af­ter Viet­namese In­ter­net users were hit by the Wan­naCry global ran­somware pro­gram, Thanh Nien re­ported.

Wan­naCry is a ran­somware com­puter virus that tar­gets the Mi­crosoft Win­dows op­er­at­ing sys­tem, a global at­tack which was launched in May, aim­ing at a huge num­ber of com­puter sys­tems around the world by en­crypt­ing data stored on the com­put­ers to de­mand money.

The cy­ber-se­cu­rity unit of Hanoi-based In­ter­net com­pany VCCorp found that the cy­ber­at­tack had not been car­ried out by a lone hacker, but a group of pro­fes­sional ones. Email ac­counts of em­ploy­ees at Viet­nam’s ma­jor banks, such as Vi­et­com­bank, Vi­et­inBank, BIDV and OCB, were also on the list of vic­tims.

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