The Vietnam government dismissed what it called "groundless" accusations that it was involved in recent cyberattacks used to intimidate opponents of a mining project in Vietnam.
"The perpetrators may have political motivations and may have some allegiance to the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam," Kurtz said in his blog.
"The comments are groundless," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga said in a statement posted to the Ministry's Web site Monday. "We have on many occasions clearly expounded our view on issues relating to access to and use of information and information technology, including the Internet. Vietnam law puts in place specific antivirus and malware regulations and information security and confidentiality."
The botnet and malware were discovered by the two companies during an investigation into the causes of thelate last year, which prompted over censorship. However, the Vietnamese attacks do not appear to be related to the Google attacks, Kurtz said.