Indonesia ‘No. 1 target for cyber attacks’

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anonymous-indonesiaA year-end report from the Indonesian Communications and Information Technology Ministry has revealed that Indonesia was the world’s most targeted country for cyber attack in 2013, the Jakarta Post reported.

Minister Tifatul Sembiring said that in 2013 Indonesia saw more than 1.2 million cyber attacks, or approximately 42,000 attacks a day. The US ranks second with 332,000 attacks, he said.

For Tifatul, this number highlights the poor state of national Internet security.

“Hackers usually aim to break into government and university websites and our politicians’ social media accounts,” he said. “And 70 per cent of these attacks, which ranged from phishing to malware, were [from] locals.”

According to Tifatul, this is one of the negative impacts of having a growing number of Indonesians with Internet access. Last year, the Indonesian Association of Internet Service Providers (APJII) announced that 63 million Indonesians, or 24 per cent of the population used the Internet regularly. This year, the number has increased to 74 million.

Tifatul insisted that campaigns and hacking competitions were the best solutions to the problem of cyber attacks.

“I believe the biggest motivation that triggers these cyber attacks is curiosity,” he said. “We have caught high school students who tried to hack into government websites, so we need to spread awareness” about the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.

 

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A year-end report from the Indonesian Communications and Information Technology Ministry has revealed that Indonesia was the world’s most targeted country for cyber attack in 2013, the Jakarta Post reported.

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anonymous-indonesiaA year-end report from the Indonesian Communications and Information Technology Ministry has revealed that Indonesia was the world’s most targeted country for cyber attack in 2013, the Jakarta Post reported.

Minister Tifatul Sembiring said that in 2013 Indonesia saw more than 1.2 million cyber attacks, or approximately 42,000 attacks a day. The US ranks second with 332,000 attacks, he said.

For Tifatul, this number highlights the poor state of national Internet security.

“Hackers usually aim to break into government and university websites and our politicians’ social media accounts,” he said. “And 70 per cent of these attacks, which ranged from phishing to malware, were [from] locals.”

According to Tifatul, this is one of the negative impacts of having a growing number of Indonesians with Internet access. Last year, the Indonesian Association of Internet Service Providers (APJII) announced that 63 million Indonesians, or 24 per cent of the population used the Internet regularly. This year, the number has increased to 74 million.

Tifatul insisted that campaigns and hacking competitions were the best solutions to the problem of cyber attacks.

“I believe the biggest motivation that triggers these cyber attacks is curiosity,” he said. “We have caught high school students who tried to hack into government websites, so we need to spread awareness” about the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.

 

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