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Huế to pilot public bike-sharing scheme

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Representatives of the central Huế city, International Co-operation Agency of Germany (GIZ) and Vietsoftpro sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an innovative Public Bike-Sharing (PBS) scheme. It will help develop bicycle transportation plan for 2021-2026 that mobilizes private investment for bike-sharing public services in Huế city. Photo courtesy GIZ

THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — An innovative public bike-sharing scheme has been launched by Huế City, the International Co-operation Agency of Germany (GIZ) and tech firm Vietsoftpro to develop a bicycle transportation plan for 2021-2026 that mobilises private investment for bike-sharing.

GIZ said the memorandum of understanding (MoU), which was signed during ‘Moving to Digitalisation’ week in the city in late April, promised a public-private partnership (PPP) between Huế and the GIZ to support public bike-sharing.

The partnership model is supported by the DeveloPPP fund, a financing mechanism of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and managed and implemented by the GIZ under the umbrella of the ‘Support to Việt Nam for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SIPA)’ project.

The DeveloPPP mechanism aims to encourage private sector contributions to the sustainable development objectives of local governments, according to GIZ. Vietsoftpro is the first Vietnamese company to receive direct technical support under DeveloPPP since it opened to local enterprises in late 2019.

Under the partnership model, Vietsoftpro is responsible for the development and maintenance of the bike-sharing software/ application (App). Vietsoftpro will also cover the investment and operational costs of the scheme while GIZ provides support to develop the city’s bicycle transportation development plan. To ensure the scheme runs effectively, GIZ will also conduct capacity building activities and provide technical support.

Public bike-sharing is an important part of an urban mobility transformation that links industry 4.0 technologies and sustainable development. It not only contributes significantly to emissions reduction in the transport sector and the resulting improvement in air quality but also improves the convenience and quality of public transport services for residents and visitors. 

 

Tourists join a bike tour at a destination in central Việt Nam. Several cities in Việt Nam have been encouraging their citizens to cycle by piloting cycling routes. Photo Công Thành 

Rapid urbanisation has led to pressure on urban public services, including transport and the environment. Urban planning and road networks in Việt Nam are designed for motorised transport and largely disregard the rights and needs of cyclists. Experience from cities across the world shows safe cycling infrastructure is a key consideration when people choose their preferred mode of transport.

Cycling is a healthy, efficient, and sustainable means of transport for cities, reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions and improving air quality and the health of urban residents.

Several cities in Việt Nam have been encouraging their citizens to cycle by piloting cycling routes. The challenges faced by these pilot schemes have revealed the need for standard guidelines on the development and design of cycling infrastructure.

GIZ will work with the World Resources Institute (WRI) to provide support by connecting Việt Nam with international organisations, bringing international experience and expertise into the process. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/environment/939162/hue-to-pilot-public-bike-sharing-scheme.html

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Vietnam police verify data leak and sale of 10,000 Vietnamese ID cards

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The personal data could be used by criminals to fraudulently appropriate property, forge documents to impersonate, and open a bank account.

The leak of personal data of nearly 10,000 Vietnamese identity cards (ID) for US$9,000 is under investigation, Maj. Gen. To An Xo, Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Public Security told local media on May 17.

It’s reported that an account named Ox1337xO, registered on RaidForums announced a sale of a 17GB database on May 13 of identification details of thousands of Vietnamese people.

The post was then deleted, To An Xo said, adding that it was still stored in the cache of Google search engine, and has raised serious concern over information safety.

In the sale advertisement, the hacker informed that he is selling data including name, date of birth, avatar, address, email, phone number, identity card number, and front and back ID card photos.

 Information of Vietnamese citizen ID card is sold on RaidForums. Photo: Zing

The hacker offered the data for US$9,000, paid by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Litecoin, or by Vietnamese dong through an intermediary who is also a member of the forum. In a recent move, the hacker said his/her offer was halved to only US$4,300.

According to Xo, the investigation shows that many sources can reveal people’s personal data.

Hackers can also steal information from personal data management units, especially those performing administrative transactions that require people to prove their identity.

“More seriously, the personal data could be used by criminals to fraudulently appropriate property, forge documents to impersonate, and open a bank account,” Xo said.

Vice President of Bkav Ngo Tuan Anh said that the 17G data included video clips, and the number of exposed user accounts was not high.

This is the data of Pi Network virtual currency; the true volume of ID card information leak is only a little, Tuan Anh said, adding that Ox1337xO is an anonymous name that has just been created and requires virtual currency as the payment method.

“It can be said that this data transaction is most likely a scam and there is no evidence to show an information leak from the national population database of Vietnam,” the Bkav vice president confirmed.

However, he also commented that this is a serious issue as the information of nearly 10,000 people, including sensitive ones such as the front and back pictures of citizen ID cards, is exposed.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/vietnam-police-verify-data-leak-and-sale-of-10-000-vietnamese-id-cards-737799.html

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Mekong Delta needs over US$346 mln to tackle severe landslides

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The Mekong Delta’s localities need around VND8,143 billion (US$352 million) to cope with 76 severe landslide and erosion points along the riverside and coastal areas with a total length of 140 kilometers.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the worse landslides in the Mekong Delta have been due to the exploitation of water resources on the upstream rivers, especially the hydropower projects in the Mekong river’s mainstream during nearly a decade.

Mekong Delta needs over US$346 mln to tackle severe landslides
The worse landslide at seadykes of Ca Mau Peninsula.

With the urgent situation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is coordinating with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and other relevant units to propose the Prime Minister for a financial assistance of VND2 trillion (US$86.5 million) from World Bank’s capital sources  to support the Mekong Delta region to promptly implement works to cope with landslide.

Additionally, the ministry is reviewing the landslide hazard levels, building dyke system database and repairing landslide areas along the riverside and coastal areas in the Mekong Delta region, especially residential areas at high risk of landslide along Tien River and Hau River.

Mekong Delta needs over US$346 mln to tackle severe landslides
A landslide occurs in Can Tho.

From 2018 up to now, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been coordinating with relevant agencies and units proposing the Government, the Prime Minister and the National Assembly to give Mekong Delta provinces financial assistance of around VND6,622 billion (US$287 million) from different financial sources to deal with nearly 157-kilometer long landslides along riverside and coastal areas, contributing to stabilize the people’s lives.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/mekong-delta-needs-over-us-346-mln-to-tackle-severe-landslides-737517.html

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Personal data of 10,000 Vietnamese offered for sale online

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Personal information such as identity cards, selfie images and others of 9,667 people are being posted and offered for sale on the Internet for $9,000.

An account named Ox1337xO, created on RaidForums in May 2021, announced a sale of a 17GB data package on May 13. This package is supposed to include details of citizen ID cards of many Vietnamese people. The post was then deleted, but was still stored in the cache of Google search engine, and has raised serious concern over information safety.

Dữ liệu cá nhân 10.000 người Việt bị rao bán trên mạng

In his article, the hacker advertised that the data includes name, date of birth, avatar, address, email, phone number, identity card number, and photos of the identity cards of the back and front side.

The hacker offered the data for $9,000, paid by cryptocurrencies as Bitcoin or Litecoin, or by Vietnamese dong through an intermediary who is also a member of the forum. In a recent move, the hacker said he was willing to sell the data for only $4,300.

Mr. Ngo Tuan Anh, Bkav’s Vice President in charge of cybersecurity, said that the 17G data included video clips, and the number of exposed user accounts was not high.

Dữ liệu cá nhân 10.000 người Việt bị rao bán trên mạng

Besides, as this is merely the data of Pi Network cryptocurrency, the true volume of ID card information leak is only a little. Adding to this is the fact that Ox1337xO is an anonymous name which has just been created and requires cryptocurrency as the payment method.

Therefore, it can be said that this data transaction is most likely a scam.

BKAV’s Tuan Anh confirmed that there is no evidence to show an information leak from the national population database of Vietnam.

However, he also commented that this is a serious issue since the information of nearly 10,000 people, including sensitive ones such as eKYC clips and the front and back pictures of citizen ID card, is illegally sold publicly.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/personal-data-of-10-000-vietnamese-offered-for-sale-online-737456.html

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