Teen who brought down anti-virus website let off the hook

Graham Cluley

Earlier this week I blogged about a secondary school student who had been arrested after a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against websites in Vietnam.

Word has just reached me via local media reports that the authorities have allowed the student from the central province of Quang Nam to get off with little more than a slapped wrist.

An official from C15, the country’s hi-tech crime unit, is quoted as saying “The young hacker did not recognise that his attack was against the law. Moreover, this is the first time that he has made this mistake. So the police will not launch criminal proceedings against him.”

‘The website of Bach Khoa Antivirus (BKAV) was brought down by the DDoS attack.

So, just to be clear. The…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.