An Information Ministry official has warned that the development of new technologies can also have a negative effect on a nation.
Huy Saravuth, secretary of state with the Information Ministry, during a Cambodia-Vietnam cybersecurity forum in Phnom Penh said hacking and the spread of fake news can impact reputation, the economy, national defence and diplomatic relations.
“Hacking someone’s Facebook page for information can seriously impact the economy,” he said. “It can also ruin an individual’s reputation and damage public order.”
Mr Saravuth said that this year, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Facebook account and the Information Ministry’s Facebook account were breached by hackers for a short period of time.
He noted that the Ministries of Information, Interior and Post and Telecommunication had been aware of the challenges posed by the development of information systems technology.
“If there’s a serious problem, every ministry will take measures and provide information to each other on how to take lawful action,” Mr Saravuth said, adding that cybercrime is a serious issue in North American and European countries.
Vu Quang Minh, Vietnamese ambassador to Cambodia, said many countries in Asia need to learn from Cambodia is doing with educating the general public on how to properly use the internet.
“Based on what I know, the rate of new Cambodian Facebook users has been increasing,” Mr Vu said, noting that both countries are aware of both pros and cons of integrating with the rest of the world. “The governments of both countries are cooperating in all sectors, including politics, security and national defence and especially in the information technology sector.
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