According to a report released last week by CyStack, a cyber-security platform, more than 2,500 websites with Vietnamese domain names were attacked between July 1st and September 30th, placing Vietnam in the 10th position for countries receiving the largest number of cyber attacks.
The “CyStack Attack Map System,” (CAMS) said that it detected 127,367 attacks on websites around the world during the third quarter, down slightly compared to the same period last year. However, the number of attacks on Vietnamese websites increased from 1,183 to 2,523), an increase of 113% when compared to the previous year.
The Vietnamese websites with the most attacks were those with domain names that included “.com, .vn and .net.”
CyStack’s research showed that 70% of the attacks were targeted at websites that use open source WordPress CMS (content management system), followed by Joomla and DNN. CyStack said that, “One website was being attacked every minute. When a website is successfully hacked, hackers can steal company data, change the website interface, plant malicious code or direct users to phishing sites.”
The vulnerabilities in websites that are WordPress is often related to issues relate to outdated plugins, themes or website versions. Many users have downloaded plugins and themes from untrusted sources that had been installed with malicious code.
Related to operating system and web server vulnerabilities and attacks, CyStack noted that hackers in 64.8% of attacks targeted websites using Linux OS, and hackers in 42.4% of attacks targeted websites using Apache web servers.