Vietnamese security experts honoured at world’s leading cyber-attack contest

Tuesday, 31/10/2023 20:15
Pwn2Own Toronto 2023, the world’s leading contest in cyber-attacks, gives the first prize to a team of Viettel Cyber Security, a member of Viettel Group, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.
Viettel team ranks first place in the leaderboard (Photo: VOV) 

According to the results, the Viettel team, which consists of 16 members, won the Master of Pwn Award with 30 points, ranking in first place in the leaderboard. They also received a cash prize of US$180,000.

Viettel has participated in the competition for six years and recorded several achievements. This comes after IT experts of Viettel won at Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020, Pwn2Own Vancouver 2021, and Pwn2Own Vancouver 2022.

The annual Pwn2Own represents the world's largest and most prestigious cyber-attack competition and is sponsored by security firm TrendMicro and has held by the Zero Day Initiative since 2007. Famous technology companies bring their products as targets for hackers to showcase their skills to attack and exploit the software or equipment, through which manufacturers can immediately correct errors and then improve security.

Viettel Cyber Security is the only representative for Vietnam at the event (Photo: PANO) 

Viettel Cyber Security now has over 400 high-quality IT experts, many of whom have been recognised at international network security ranking and prestigious organisations such as Microsoft, Bugcrowd, and Google.

Tuna exports to Canada pick up in September

Vietnam’s tuna exports to Canada in September rebounded and increased by 44% to reach more than US$3 million against the same period from last year, Radio the Voice of Vietnam quoted the statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

This comes amid the export turnover of Vietnamese tuna to the Canadian market experiencing a downward trajectory since the beginning of the year due to high inflation in the market.

Tuna exports to Canada pick up in September (Photo: VOV) 

During the course of the nine-month period, tuna exports to this market dropped by 47% to nearly US$23 million compared to the same period from last year.

Canada was the 12th largest tuna import market in the world last year with import turnover exceeding US$272 million, representing a rise of 40% compared to 2021.

With this growth, the North American country can be considered a potentially lucrative market for Vietnamese tuna, especially after the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) takes effect.

According to industry insiders, tuna exports to the Canadian market have yet to fully recover, especially amid the Canadian people’s consumer credit debt having increased and citizens moving to tighten their spending.

Vietjet SkyJoy receives the Better Choice Awards 2023

The Vietjet SkyJoy loyalty programme has just been honoured as "The innovative newly-launched product" at Better Choice Awards at the Vietnam International Exhibition Innovation 2023 (VIIE 2023) hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment, said the Vietnam News Agency.

Passing the rigorous rounds of application appraisal, scoring and voting among 20 products from major Vietnamese and international brands in the Innovation Choice Awards, Vietjet SkyJoy won the Innovative newly-launched product award by breaking through multi-channel point accumulation from all spending activities with Vietjet to daily services.

A Vietjet airplane (Source: Vietjet) 

The award is a meaningful recognition and powerful motivation for Vietjet SkyJoy to innovate and offer more practical values to members, while Vietjet continues to optimise the passenger's experience and deliver the best products and services through its creativity.

Developed with the orientation of helping passengers experience a limitless lifestyle, Vietjet SkyJoy has provided passengers with the opportunity to earn multi-channel SkyPoint points from all spending activities with Vietjet to daily services and a flexible SkyPoint redemption mechanism to receive Vietjet sales tickets all year or attractive services and products from over 250 most popular brands in Vietnam in the fields of dining, resorts and shopping.

Vietjet SkyJoy allows members to earn points based on spending rather than flight distance like others do. With the goal of helping members speed up accumulating and redeeming points, Vietjet SkyJoy expands point accumulation activities from Vietjet to many financial and banking, transportation, shopping, and resort tourism partners. This is Vietjet SkyJoy’s innovation points in the aviation industry when the ranking mechanism is up to 5 times easier than others.

Thanks to benefits offering to passengers, Vietjet SkyJoy has attracted over 10 million members in a short time after the launch.

Celebrating the award and welcoming Vietjet’s 101st aircraft, Vietjet SkyJoy members are being rewarded with valuable gifts with a total value of up to 350 million VND. From October 27 to November 3, Vietjet SkyJoy Diamond members will receive 3003 SkyPoint points; Gold members, 2002 points; and Red and Silver members, 1001 points when entering Membership code and successfully booking flight tickets via website & application of VietJet. The promotion is valid for all Vietjet flights from October 27 to the end of this year.

Local players to compete at 18th World Xiangqi Championship

Vietnamese chess players are set to depart for Houston in Texas of the United States this November to vie for titles at the 18th World Xiangqi Championship, according to Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

The tournament will see the participation of Lai Ly Huynh and Nguyen Thanh Bao who won gold in the men's standard xiangqi team event at the tournament last year.

In addition, Bao took a bronze medal in the men's individual standard xiangqi. Their junior teammates secured three golds, two silvers, and two bronzes in the U16 and U12 boys' and girls' classes during the 17th edition of the championship.

Nguyen Minh Nhat Quang (R) will compete at the 18th World Xiangqi Championship in the US. (Photo: 

The 2022 version marked the country’s most successful participation in the competition at a world level.

At this year’s tournament hosted by the US for the first time, Vietnamese athletes will compete against more than 120 world-class players from some 30 countries and regions around the world in the men's individual, team, women's individual, and junior events.

The total prize money for the competition is more than US$70,000. The World Xiangqi Championship was first held in Singapore back in 1990 and has been organised every two years since 1991.

This year the 18th World Xiangqi Championship is scheduled to take place in Houston in Texas of the US between November 19 and November 25./.

Compiled by BTA