HANOI: Vietnam has unveiled a new, 10,000-strong military cyber warfare unit to counter “wrong” views on the Internet, media reported, amid a widening crackdown on critics of the one-party state.
The cyber unit, named Force 47, is already in operation in several sectors, Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted by Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, deputy head of the military's political department, as stated in the Central Propaganda Department on Monday the hub of Ho Chi Minh City.
“In every hour, minute, and second, we must be ready to fight proactively against the wrong views,” the paper quoted the general as saying.
Communist-ruled Vietnam has stepped up attempts to tame the Internet, calling it for a closer look at social networks and for the removal of its content. It's part of the world.
Its neighbor China, in contrast, allows only local Internet companies operating under strict rules.
The number of staff compares with the 6,000 reportedly employed by North Korea. However, the general's comments suggest its forceful may be focused largely on domestic Internet users whereas North Korea is internationally focused because the internet is not available to the public at large.
In August, to controlling “news sites and blogs with bad and dangerous content”.
Vietnam, one of the top 10 countries for Facebook “19659003]” The cyber security firm FireEye Inc said Vietnam had a “built up of considerable cyber espionage capabilities in the region with relatively weak defenses”.
” Vietnam is certainly not alone. FireEye has observed a proliferation in offensive capabilities … This proliferation has implications for many parties, including governme nts, journalists, activists and even multinational firms, “a spokesman at FireEye, who was asked anonymity, told Reuters.
” Cyber espionage is increasingly attractive to n nation, in part because it can provide access to a significant amount of information a modest investment, plausible deniability and limited risk, “he added.
Vietnam denies such charges.
Vietnam has in recent months stepped up to silence critics. A court last month jailed a blogger for seven years for “conducting propaganda against the state”.
In a separate, similar case last month, a court upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a prominent blogger. – Reuters