Cyber Attacks Target Critics of Chinalco Mine in Vietnam

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Google, which moved its search engine out of China last month after claims of cyber attacks on human-rights activists, says it has detected software targeted at critics of bauxite mining in Vietnam.The computers of tens of thousands of people who downloaded Vietnamese language software might be infected with malicious software that spies on users and hijacks computers to disrupt websites, Neel Mehta, of Google’s security team, wrote on Google’s online security blog on Tuesday.

”While the malware itself was not especially sophisticated, it has nonetheless been used for damaging purposes,” Mr Mehta wrote. ”Specifically, these attacks have tried to squelch opposition to bauxite mining efforts in Vietnam, an important and emotionally charged issue in the country.”

The Vietnamese and Chinese cyber attacks were comparable as they demonstrated the use of unsolicited software for political objectives, he wrote.

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