LALAI, Laos — The Laos Visa online portal has been closed in an apparent cyberattack, and authorities said they are taking precautions to protect travelers.
The Laos Embassy in Washington issued a statement late Thursday to The Huffington — which published an article on its website, where it also said it was investigating the matter.
The embassy said it will hold a press conference on Friday at 3 p.m.
(1700 GMT) to discuss the cyber attack and share its findings.
The embassy said the embassy will also make available its full security and privacy protocols and procedures to the public.
Laos has been experiencing a series of cyber attacks in recent months that have left its government and officials unable to communicate or access critical systems.
In December, a hacker managed to gain access to a server used by the foreign ministry.LALAI’S VIOLENT EXPERIENCEWith nearly 200 million people living in Laos, Laos has a long history of ethnic and religious conflict.
A majority of the country’s 1.5 million people are ethnic Malay Muslims.LOLI’S LAYOFF OF AUSTRALIA ‘BECAUSE WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION’LALASIA is a relatively small island nation with a population of just over half a million.
But for decades, the country has experienced a wave of political unrest, with some ethnic groups calling for greater autonomy.
Lalas is one of Asia’s poorest countries, and its economy has shrunk to less than half its pre-crisis levels in recent years.
In 2015, the U.S. State Department issued a report stating that Laos had the highest rates of political violence in the region, and that the country ranked second in the world for ethnic conflict.
The U.N. Security Council voted to condemn the election in 2017 of leftist President Tran Dai Quang, who has been in power since 2012.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.