Vietnam will protect its auto industry with hackersMarch 20, 2019
A surge in attacks on foreign automakers operating in Southeast Asia has been reported.
The developer of integrated solutions for protection against cyber threats FireEye has recorded a surge in hacker attacks on foreign automakers operating in Southeast Asia. Supposedly, the attacks are organized by the Vietnamese pro-government group APT32, which thus tries to support the domestic production of cars.
According to FireEye senior manager Nick Carr, the goal of hackers are foreign companies from countries neighboring Vietnam and all of Southeast Asia. However, most of them are related to the automotive industry. In FireEye, they clarify: the attacks are not aimed at stealing intellectual property, but at receiving information about operating activities.
Vietnamese hacker group APT32, also known as the OceanLotus Group, is called the culprit in cyber attacks. To access the necessary information, attackers use social engineering and phishing methods: they replace e-mail messages and create fake sites.
The first independent Vietnamese automaker – VinFast. So far the company has announced only two models and both of them are built on the BWW chassis: the 5-Series sedan and the X5 (F15) crossover. The engines are also German – a simplified version of the N20 gasoline turbo four. Meanwhile, at the Geneva Motor Show, VinFast showed a top-end version of its crossover with a V8 from Chevrolet Corvette.
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