Translated by Thanh Tuan
May 4, 2006
The Ministry of Public Security decided Wednesday to go ahead with the
prosecution of hacker Nguyen Thanh Cong for alleged links with a gang
forging fake ATM cards.
The initial investigation reported that Cong had misappropriated
hundreds of millions dong (US$1 is equal to around VND15,950) from ATM
machines, although his exact role in the ring has yet to be
Cong, aka with moniker "DantruongX" from "Be Yeu (Lovely babe)'s
hacker group, was arrested last week for waging a month of Denial of
Service (DoS) attacks on a commercial website, causing devastating
loss to its owner, Viet Co Ltd.
Viet Co normally has 40 technicians to keep the website up, and nearly
went broke paying them during the idle month it was under the DoS
attacks initiated by Cong, according to local media.
A denial of service attack is an attack on a computer system or
network that causes a loss of service to users, typically by
overloading the victimized system, rendering website access
Cong's arrest came as little surprise to those in the IT community
given the devastating loses to Viet Co, and is currently out on bail.
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