Vietnam Rebuffs Hacking Claims From Google

The Vietnam government has this week denied any involvement with recent cyber attacks used to intimidate opponents of a large scale mining project in the country.

The Vietnam government dismissed what it has called "groundless" accusations that is was behind the malware which targeted blogs rallying against the Bauxite mining project.

McAfee's chief technical officer, George Kurtz states "The perpetrators may have political motivations and may have some alliegiance to the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam."

The Malware was discovered when McAfee and Google launched an investigation into the attacks which were aimed at over 30 US companies late last year.

It was arguably this same investigation which led to Google's showdown with the Chinese government over censorship. However this wave of Vietnamese attacks do not appear to be related to the Google threats.

A spokesman from the Vietnamese foreign ministry said, "The comments are groundless. We have on many occasions clearly expounded our view on issues relating to access to and use of information and information technology, including the Internet. Vietnam law puts in place specific antivirus and malware regulations and information security and confidentiality."

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