The public opinion brigades is a state-sponsored web brigades of the Communist Party of Vietnam or linked to the Government of Vietnam. The earliest form of Internet propaganda supporting CPV seems to have begun in 2007. Force 47 (Lực lượng 47) is a large cyberspace military unit of Vietnam revealed in December 2017 with a focus on combating anti-state activities on the Internet. In 2017, it is reported that the cyber unit is already in operation in several sectors.Internet security firms such as Volexity and FireEye report pro-Hanoi or Hanoi regime-sponsored hackers installed spyware on anti-government, dissident websites to track who visits them.
See also Edit
- Black propaganda
- Cyberwarfare in Russia
- Fake news website
- Information warfare
- Internet activism
- Internet police
- PLA Unit 61398, Chinese PLA online hacking & malware implantation unit
- State-sponsored Internet propaganda in other countries:
- Information security
- Vatnik (slang)
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- Vietnam unveils 10,000-strong cyber unit to combat 'wrong views', Reuters, December 26, 2017
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- "Vietnam censors to fight 'internet chaos'". BBC News. 27 December 2017.
- Hookway, James (31 December 2017). "Introducing Force 47, Vietnam's New Weapon Against Online Dissent". Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 3 January 2018.