S China Sea: Flight display screens at Vietnam airports hacked

(From agencies)

Hackers have attacked the website of a national airline and flight information screens at Vietnam’s two biggest airports, posting notices that state media said criticized the Philippines and Vietnam and their claims in the South China Sea, Reuters reports.

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

Operators of airports in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City briefly had to halt electronic check-ins when systems were attacked on Friday afternoon, the country’s civil aviation authority said.

The website of VietnamAirlines was also compromised, directing browsers to what the flag carrier described as “bad websites overseas.”

State-run media said the messages were about the South China Sea and denounced Vietnam and the Philippines, which are at odds with Beijing over maritime sovereignty. Vietnamese media said the hack was claimed by a group called 1937CN. Reuters was not able to immediately verify the content of the messages.

Vietnam’s vice transport minister, Nguyen Nhat, said the content displayed by the hackers offended his country and the Philippines, Thanh Niên news reported, without elaborating.

Probe sought into ‘defacing’ of passport

China has urged Vietnam to investigate claims that a Chinese visitor’s passport was defaced with profanities by officials at Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) airport, in an apparent reference to a bitter territorial spat between the nations, AFP reports.

Chinese passport abused

“Offensive scribbling” in English on a Chinese citizen’s passport by Vietnamese border officials

A Chinese citizen, identified only by the surname Zhong, entered Vietnam on July 23 and found the passport was “defaced while crossing the border”, according to a statement posted on the website of Beijing’s consulate in HCMC.

Decrying the “shameless and cowardly act,” the Consulate-General raised the matter with Vietnamese authorities, the statement said, adding “China is outraged” by the incident.

China has demanded Vietnam investigate the alleged act and “seriously punish those responsible”, it said, adding “Vietnam has agreed to probe into it”. Read More



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