Cyber Risk

Vietnam says accusations it hacked China for virus information 'baseless'

FILE PHOTO: A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo

HANOI (Reuters) - A report which said Vietnamese government-linked hackers had attempted to break into Chinese state organisations at the centre of Beijing’s effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak is “baseless”, Vietnam’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye said the hackers had tried to compromise the personal and professional email accounts of staff at China’s Ministry of Emergency Management and the government of Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the pandemic.

“The accusation is baseless,” foreign ministry spokesman Ngo Toan Thang told a regular news conference. “Vietnam forbids all cyber attacks, which should be denounced and strictly dealt with by law”.

Vietnam is willing to cooperate with international partners to combat cyber attacks, Thang added.

Reporting by Khanh Vu; Writing by James Pearson; Editing by Toby Chopra