Last week, a Vietnamese official dismissed the claims by Google and McAfee of a widespread malware attack targeting dissidents protesting mining operations in that country.

Nguyen Phuong Nga, a spokeswoman for the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, denied the malware incident .

"Such comments are groundless," she said in a statement. "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."

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Kenneth Corbin is an associate editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.