official website page of Vietnam Airlines is replaced by a picture with
words insulting Viet Nam and the Philippines regarding the East Sea
During the time of the cyber attacks, passengers at Noi Bai and Tan Son
Nhat International airports used their smartphones to record clips of
screens at the airports’ check-in areas displaying pictures with words
insulting Vietnam and the Philippines regarding the East Sea (South
China Sea) dispute. These videos were posted to Facebook and quickly
The hackers also took control of the speaker system at Noi Bai airport
for a few minutes, during which the speakers broadcast a male voice
distorting Vietnam’s claims over the East Sea in English.
The hackers claimed to be the 1937CN from China, which is one of the
biggest hacker groups in the country and has a history of hacking Vietnam’s and the Philippines’ websites in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Airport security forces soon regained control over the hacked screens and speaker system.
The official website of Vietnam Airlines, vietnamairlines.com,
was hacked by the 1937CN group at about 4pm the same day. The website
page was replaced by the same picture that appeared on the airports’
The website was back to normal at 5.10pm, however, the airlines’
customer database was stolen and made public on the internet, according
to a press release from Vietnam Airlines.
The airlines advised its members to change their account passwords as soon as the network system is recovered.
Transportation Deputy Minister Nguyet Nhat acknowledged the hacking
incident, saying the police’s C50 division on anti-cybercrime is leading
the investigation into the biggest cyberspace attack raid ever seen in