Passport row leads to Chinese cyber attack on Vietnam

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Hacked information screen at Ho Chi Minh City airport on July 29

A Chinese hacker group allegedly carried out a number of cyber attacks on Vietnam’s two biggest airports and the official website of national carrier Vietnam Airlines on July 29 in a move seen as retaliation for Vietnamese border officials refusing to stamp Chinese passports showing a controversial territorial map of the South China Sea.

Travelers panicked when screens at both international airports in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi suddenly changed their flight information into pictures with words insulting Vietnam and the Philippines with regards to their stance on the dispute over the South China Sea, or East Sea, as Vietnam calls it.

The sound systems were also taken over. Authorities realised that a strange message had been airing for about four minutes, and turned off the entire loudspeaker system together with the flight information system. Check-in and booking systems were not affected, though.

The official website of Vietnam Airlines was also hacked and was replaced by the same picture that appeared on the airports’ screens. The airlines’ customer database was stolen and made public on the Internet, with names and personal data of 400,000 members of Vietnam Airlines’ frequent fliers club, Golden Lotus.

The hackers claimed to be a group called 1937CN from China, which is one of the biggest hacker groups in the country and has a history of hacking Vietnam and Philippine websites in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

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[caption id="attachment_28679" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hacked information screen at Ho Chi Minh City airport on July 29[/caption] A Chinese hacker group allegedly carried out a number of cyber attacks on Vietnam’s two biggest airports and the official website of national carrier Vietnam Airlines on July 29 in a move seen as retaliation for Vietnamese border officials refusing to stamp Chinese passports showing a controversial territorial map of the South China Sea. Travelers panicked when screens at both international airports in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi suddenly changed their flight information into pictures with words insulting Vietnam and the Philippines with...

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Vietnam airport hack
Hacked information screen at Ho Chi Minh City airport on July 29

A Chinese hacker group allegedly carried out a number of cyber attacks on Vietnam’s two biggest airports and the official website of national carrier Vietnam Airlines on July 29 in a move seen as retaliation for Vietnamese border officials refusing to stamp Chinese passports showing a controversial territorial map of the South China Sea.

Travelers panicked when screens at both international airports in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi suddenly changed their flight information into pictures with words insulting Vietnam and the Philippines with regards to their stance on the dispute over the South China Sea, or East Sea, as Vietnam calls it.

The sound systems were also taken over. Authorities realised that a strange message had been airing for about four minutes, and turned off the entire loudspeaker system together with the flight information system. Check-in and booking systems were not affected, though.

The official website of Vietnam Airlines was also hacked and was replaced by the same picture that appeared on the airports’ screens. The airlines’ customer database was stolen and made public on the Internet, with names and personal data of 400,000 members of Vietnam Airlines’ frequent fliers club, Golden Lotus.

The hackers claimed to be a group called 1937CN from China, which is one of the biggest hacker groups in the country and has a history of hacking Vietnam and Philippine websites in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

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