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‘Make in Vietnam’ tool helps find ransomware

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Decrypting and identifying ransomware and checking for malicious files are features of two new “Make in Vietnam” tools provided free of charge by the National Cyber Security Monitoring Center (NCSC).

The tools, available at http://khonggianmang.vn, will help individuals, institutions and businesses ensure their safety in a cyber environment.

‘Make in Vietnam’ tool helps find ransomware

Recent research by Kaspersky found that the number of ransomware attacks in Vietnam has decreased, but is still at high level. Vietnam ranks eighth in the world in number of ransomware attacked computers. Cybersecurity experts have also repeatedly warned of the appearance of new types of ransomware recently.

NCSC experts said that malware and ransomware prevents users from accessing and using the data inside the servers, or computers in general. Attackers will require a ransom from victims in exchange for the right to access the data. However, in many cases, even if the victims pay money, they cannot get back the data.

In order to help users reduce risks from ransomware, NCSC has introduced a solution to recognize ransomware at https://khonggianmang.vn/ransomware. Users can find decryption tools through file extensions, or upload encrypted files for identification.

After finding the results, users should read the instructions for use before downloading and running the tools.

The tool for checking malicious files provided by NCSC allows users to check the safety of suspicious files they receive through emails, social networks or other peripheral devices such as USB.

The tool helps analyze office files that are often exploited to carry out attacks such as files with extensions .docx, .xlsx, .pdf, .rar, .zip (10Mb at maximum).

Users can upload suspicious unknown files, or find in NCSC’s database the hash tag codes of the files. After that, the system will analyze the files and give the results on whether the files have malicious codes.

NCSC experts said that all the uploaded files will be encrypted after the analyses and erased after a certain time, which ensures users’ privacy.

Prior to that, in mid-April, NCSC launched khonggianmang.vn, a website that provides technical solutions to help organizations ensure information safety when working from a distance.

At that time, on khonggianmang.vn, NCSC provided free four tools to support information security: checking botnets, phishing websites, personal account information leaks, and email spoofing attacks.

The center also has documents with basic requirements on technical features and requirements on configuration setting, giving basic instructions for organizations and individuals working from a distance. Based on these requirements, organizations can create plans to ensure safe operations.

According to Kaspersky, the number of ransomware attacks on small and medium businesses’ computers in Southeast Asia decreased from 1.4 million in H1 2019 to 0.5 million in H1 2020. 

Trong Dat

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/make-in-vietnam-tool-helps-find-ransomware-672642.html

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HSBC Vietnam to spend VND10bn to revive mangrove forest in Vietnam

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HSBC Vietnam Bank will provide VND10bn (USD430,000) to revive a mangrove forest in Mui Ca Mau National Park to help Vietnam deal with climate change.

HSBC Vietnam will collaborate with the World Wide Fund Vietnam to carry out the project over five years. It is hoped that the project will help deal with various problems including climate change, water security, water pollution, food security, human health and disaster risk management.

HSBC Vietnam to spend VND10bn to revive mangrove forest in Vietnam

HSBC’s recent report states that for Asia, climate change is the crisis of the century and Vietnam is one of the most affected countries. Besides Mumbai, Shanghai, Bangkok and Jakarta, HCM City is among the most threatened cities by rising sea levels.

UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and HSBC Vietnam statistics show that damage to the agriculture in Vietnam will become more severe. Asia is not just a victim of climate change, it is also speeding up climate change. 87% of the greenhouse gas were from Asia and the amount of CO2 in Asia increased by 78% since 1990. Deforestation is one of the main causes for the higher emissions in Southeast Asia.

HSBC and WWF Vietnam will work together to build a programme to nurture the vulnerable ecosystem in Ca Mau, Mekong Delta and other regions. The goal is to help Vietnam reduce 8% of the greenhouse gas in 2030 and increase the forest cover to 45% nationwide.

150ha of forest land will be developed by regenerating mangrove forests. After maturing, this forest will be able to store 20,000 tonnes of carbon annually and protect the Mekong Delta from natural disasters. 10,000 households will also be protected and the productivity at fish farms will be able to rise to 350-390 tonnes a year. The education programme about biodiversity conservation will be promoted to 3,000 households living in the national park.

Van Ngoc Tinh, director of WWF Vietnam said, “HSBC and WWF Vietnam will continue to tighten co-operation this year. Our co-operation has helped further expanded HSBC’s water preservation programme and brought clean water to over 2.5 million people in five river basins across the world.”

The recovery strategies, investments, and decisions of the collaboration programmes will focus on solutions to deal with the environmental crisis in general and to reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2030, and secure sustainable development for Vietnam.

The activity is part of HSBC’s pledge to spend USD100m for climate and renewable energy projects worldwide in the next five years.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/hsbc-vietnam-to-spend-vnd10bn-to-revive-mangrove-forest-in-vietnam-683696.html

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Pollutant fees should be applied for wastewater treatment

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Mai Trong Thai, director of the Environmental Protection Sub-Department under the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment, talks  about the need to complete a legal policy to solve pollution in traditional trade villages.

Pollutant fees should be applied for wastewater treatment

Part of an at-source wastewater treatment facility for households and trade villages at Dong Anh District, Hanoi, that was launched in July. 

What has Hanoi achieved in its efforts to reduce levels of air pollution in its traditional trade villages?

As part of efforts to protect the environment in Hanoi’s trade villages, the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment was allocated to develop guidelines on how to define the levels of pollution in traditional trade villages and plans to solve environmental pollution.

A survey on the level of pollution in 127 traditional trade villages found serious water pollution in 33 villages and minor water pollution in 19 more.

Based on the results of the survey, the Hanoi People’s Committee decided to build the Cau Nga waste water treatment plant with an output of 20,000m3 of waste water per day. The plant started operation in October 2016. Right now two more waste water treatment plants are under construction in the districts of Hoai Duc and Thanh Oai.

In addition, authorities have called for investment to develop eight projects to treat waste water and solid waste from trade villages in the districts of Quoc Oai, Me Linh, Hoai Duc and Thuong Tin with a projected cost of some VND569 billion (US$21.5 million).

Authorities in Hanoi have adopted various measures to solve the environmental problem, but the results are still very limited. Do you know why?

Most of our traditional trade villages are small production units with outdated equipment that is manually operated. Furthermore, the owners of these production units have not properly invested in environmental protection for their workers or the surrounding areas. Adding to that, workers’ awareness of how to protect themselves in hazardous working environments is very low. Authorities have yet to adopt policies to help enterprises to find ways to solve the environmental issues for the safety of their workers and the environment.

Have authorities adopted any plans to protect the environment in traditional trade villages?

We need strong mechanism or policies to help local people to collect waste water and transport it to a facility for treatment. The cost of water collection and treatment will be expensive and local people don’t have to pay for waste water treatment at the moment. That’s why the first thing we have to do is to apply “pollutant fees”. That means people in traditional trade villages will have to pay for waste water treatment in accordance with Government Decree No.80/2014. In addition, the Government should adopt preferential policies to encourage investment in waste water treatment across traditional trade villages in Hanoi.  VNS 

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/pollutant-fees-should-be-applied-for-wastewater-treatment-683402.html

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iPhone 12 launches, previous-generation iPhone prices fall sharply

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Soon after iPhone 12 was marketed, previous-generation iPhones saw unprecedented price falls.

Used iPhones, from iPhone 7 to iPhone 11 and iPhone Pro Max, saw the sharpest falls.

The prices of used iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are nearly VND10 million lower than the quoted prices. At some private shops in HCM City and Hanoi, iPhone 11 Pro Max is being sold at VND20.4 million, while iPhone 11 Pro is VND18 million and iPhone 11 VND13.3 million.

iPhone 12 launches, previous-generation iPhone prices fall sharply

iPhone XS and XS Max have seen the prices falling sharply. XS 64 GB is selling at VND11.79 million, and iPhone XS Max VND13.79 million. Used iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are priced at VND5.99 million and VND8.59 million.

The VND600,000 price decrease compared with the last month has been reported for used iPhone 7 Plus, now selling at VND6.7 million.

Meanwhile, iPhone X and iPhone Xr have decreased by VND200,000-300,000 in price compared with early October, to VND9 million and VND10 million, respectively.

Not only used products, but brand new products of previous generations have also seen prices falling.

In the market of unofficially imported products, iPhone 11 Pro Max 64 GB is now selling at VND24.2 million, and iPhone 11 Pro 64 GB at VND23.99 million (- VND4 million). iPhone 11 and iPhone XS have also seen slight decreases of VND600,000-800,000 to VND16.3 million and VND14 million, respectively.

In the market of officially distributed products, previous-generation models have become VND500,000-4 million cheaper under sale promotion programs.

The discounts of VND500,000-1 million are offered to iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, which are selling at VND23.4 million and VND26 million, respectively. These are the lowest ever prices of the models since they first arrived in Vietnam.

The price of iPhone 7 32GB has fallen by VND1.5 million to VND7.49 million, iPhone 7 Plus 32 GB by VND1.5 million to VND9.49 million.

iPhone SE 2020 has seen the price decreasing for the first time. iPhone SE 2020 64GB is selling at VND10.99 million, which means a decrease of VND2 million.

Dealers said that retailers slashed previous-generation iPhone prices to pave the way for the iPhone 12 launch. However, they said the price adjustment campaign will last a short time, depending on inventories at shops. After the campaigns finish, the iPhone prices will not go down further.

iPhone prices are expected to increase slightly towards 2021 New Year because of the higher demand in the year-end shopping season.

Regarding the newly launched iPhone 12, some retail chains said officially imported iPhone 12 would be available in Vietnam by early December.

Meanwhile, some shops have begun quoting iPhone 12 prices and taking orders. iPhone 12 mini is quoted at VND21.49 million, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max is offered at VND30.4-38.4 million. 

Phuong Nguyen

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/iphone-12-launches-previous-generation-iphone-prices-fall-sharply-683430.html

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