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Vietnam detects more computer viruses this year - survey
Updated: 2005-12-28 13:44

Vietnam has so far this year spotted 232 computer viruses, adware and spyware, up from 84 last year, the country's leading cyber security center announced Wednesday.

A survey by the Bach Khoa Inter-network Security Center (BKIS) under the Hanoi University of Technology showed that 94 percent of computers of more than 2,000 users in Vietnam were infected with viruses, and 87 percent with spyware (software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes), and adware (a form of spyware that collects information about the user in order to display advertisements in the web browser based on the information it collects from the user's browsing patterns) this year.

Forty-four percent of the surveyed users said their companies or organizations had to stop working for at least one day due to virus infections. Up to 96 percent of computers of people working in the field of commerce were hit by viruses, 95 percent in education, and 94 percent in services.

Up to 87 percent of the surveyed users were annoyed by spyware and adware, and 89 percent by spam (unwanted emails, generally emails advertising for a certain product or service). Thirty-four percent of surveyed websites in Vietnam were attacked once or twice this year, 11 percent 3-5 times, and 20 percent more than 5 times.

According to the BKIS's calculation, each computer user in Vietnam suffered losses of 260,000-410,000 Vietnamese dong (16.4- 25.8 US dollars) in 2005 due to viruses and hackers. Forty-four percent of surveyed users updated their anti-virus programs on weekly basis, 28 percent on irregular basis, 20 percent on daily basis, and 8 percent on monthly basis.

The BKIS is the author of the most popular local anti-virus software named BKAV in Vietnam. Many Vietnamese people often install both BKAV and one of well-known foreign anti-virus programs on their computers.

As of late last month, Vietnam had 9.9 million Internet users, or more than 11.9 percent of the total population, compared with the respective figures of 6 million and over 7.3 percent in late November 2004.

Of the 9.9 million users, nearly 2.7 million are subscribers, many of whom use broadband Internet services, the Vietnam Internet Network Information Center told Xinhua recently, noting that the country's total international bandwidth currently stands at 3,505 Mbps.

Vietnam was officially linked with the global computer network in December 1997.

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