Users of social networking sites who upload content that stirs up terrorism and Islamic extremism will be severely penalized, the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday.
Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang issued a document that day requiring that competent authorities closely manage mobile and Internet accounts to impose serious punishment upon individuals responsible for bogus Facebook pages inciting extreme violence, terrorism and Islamic extremism, newswire VnExpress reported.
Those offending Islam will also be harshly penalized, the minister added.
Minister Quang also expressed his concerns that international security and safety have been increasingly compromised, supported by the fact that several terror and cyber attacks have targeted the aviation sector in many countries.
Competent authorities should work with airport managers to tighten security and closely monitor the situation in airfields around the clock, the minister said.
The General Political Department, in cooperation with the General Department of Security, will establish police stations near the country’s international airports to ensure safety there, Minister Quang added.
Cyber police should enhance the security of essential national information by preventing potential cyber attacks carried out by terrorists, criminals and hostile forces, according to the minister.
Many Facebook accounts and public pages with the name “Timur Zhunusov” have been flooding the social media site, claiming that they are members of the IS militant group, since Monday.
The owners of those pages have uploaded statuses saying that Vietnam would be the group’s next target, with some even uploading explicit pictures and graphic videos of the militant group’s executions.
Many people in the country have expressed their fright at seeing the posts, especially after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a massacre using bombs and heavy arms in Paris last week.
Those users, all of whom are Vietnamese netizens, admitted that they created the pages to attract the attention of the Internet community, following the attacks that shocked the world.
In another case, a group of five Vietnamese hackers were allegedly behind the cyber attack on Wednesday on a website of Anonymous, an internationally famous network of ‘hacktivists’, a member of the group said on his Twitter account.
The five claimed they were members of the Islamic Sate, the member added, as they left the militant group’s logo on the website they hacked.
However he also said that the Vietnamese hackers were no threat.
“We have gathered all information regarding the five hackers including names, Facebook accounts and pictures, and will reveal them if necessary,” said the Anonymous member.
Anonymous is an international network of activist computer hackers who have claimed responsibility for many cyber attacks against government, corporate and religious websites over the past dozen years.
They are preparing to unleash waves of cyber attacks on the Islamic State following the assaults in Paris last week that killed at least 129 people, a self-described member said in a video.