“Watering hole” attacks via internet

In 2009, high profile web site attacks by a group using the Hydraq (Aurora) Trojan horses started. Symantec has been monitoring the attacking group’s activities for the last three years as they’ve consistently targeted a number of industries. These attackers have used a large number of zero-day exploits against not just the intended target organization, but also on the supply chain manufacturers that service the company in their cross hairs. Read more

Vietnam, Japan to open deputy minister defense dialogue

Tokyo, Nov 1, 2011. Vietnam and Japan will open a deputy ministerial level defense dialogue as part of a strategic partnership agreement signed Monday, Vietnam News Agency reported.

According to the news agency, the agreement was signed between Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda. Dung is now on a four-day visit to Japan that began Sunday.

The leaders agreed that peace and stability in the East Sea is in the international community’s common interest, and that they welcomed the passing of the Declaration of Conduct in the East Sea and appealed for the compliance with it.

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India, Vietnam discuss defense, trade cooperation

Sep 16, 2011. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who is here on a three-day visit, held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh.

Their discussions covered bilateral, regional and global issues and the two ministers expressed satisfaction that the Strategic Partnership was developing well.

They agreed to add greater content to bilateral relations in the fields of defence and security, trade and investment, education and culture and other areas, an official statement said.

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Vietnam to have modern submarine brigade

VietNamNet Bridge, Aug 4, 2011. General Phung Quang Thanh told the media on August 3, after he was re-elected as the Defense Minister, that Vietnam will have a submarine brigade in five to six years to defend the country. The brigade will consist of six Kilo 636-class subs, he said.

Q. There are different viewpoints on settling disputes in the East Sea. Some only want to solve the disputes bilaterally, but some want to solve them multilaterally. What is your standpoint?

When I met with naval commanders of ASEAN countries, I told them Vietnam’s viewpoint very clearly. Bilateral disputes will be solved bilaterally. For example, Vietnam and China have disputes over Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago and the two sides are discussing on demarcation of the Tonkin Gulf’s entrance. These issues will be negotiated bilaterally between Vietnam and China, under international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS).

Multilateral disputes like the disputes over the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, which involve Vietnam, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei.., must be solved by involved parties. China’s nine-dot line in the East Sea harms sovereignty of many countries, so it must be solved multilaterally.

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