Indonesian Minister of Communications Downplays Leaks, Says Its 'Old and Common'

- 13 September 2022 12:12 WIB
Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate speaking to a reporter. (Menkominfo) Johnny G. Plate. (Screenshot from @SetkabRI Youtube Channel)
Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate speaking to a reporter. (Menkominfo) Johnny G. Plate. (Screenshot from @SetkabRI Youtube Channel)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate emphasized that the data disclosed by the Bjorka was old data, was generally known to the public, and nothing specific.

He was referring to the recent series of leaks from IndiHome and pre-registered SIM cards by a hacker that goes by the name of Bjorka. Recently, Bjorka also claimed to be in possession of government information involving President Joko Widodo and several of his ministers.

"At the meeting, it was discussed that there were data circulating by one of them by Bjorka, but after a temporary review, the data were (found to be) general data, not specific data, and not currently updated data. old data for now," said Johnny G. Plate in a press statement broadcast through the Presidential Secretariat's Youtube channel on September 12, 2022.

Also read: President's Data is Protected After Rumors for Being Hacked by Bjorka, Says Head Presidential Secretariat

However, it seems as if the Ministry of Communications completely missed the point, in that cybersecurity is so lax that hackers can breach government servers and seemingly obtain data at will.

Johnny said that although the data uploaded was only general data, the cross-institutional and ministry team had coordinated to explore this case. The Indonesian government will also form a team to carry out subsequent assessments in order to maintain public trust.

The team will consist of various elements, such as the National Cyber ​​and Crypto Agency (BSSN), the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo), the Indonesian National Police (Polri), to the State Intelligence Agency (BIN).

“There needs to be an emergency response team related to maintaining good governance in Indonesia to maintain public trust. So there will be an emergency response team from BSSN, Kominfo, Polri, and BIN to carry out subsequent assessments," he said.

Also read: BSSN Holds Talks Regarding Cybersecurity and Identifying Critical Assets During the 2022 G20 in Bali

In addition, Jhonny also invites all levels of society to build national strength by working together and maintaining cohesiveness, one of which is in facing the dangers in the digital space.

“The danger in the digital space is, of course, digital crime. This is what we must guard together, build work together. A differing opinion is normal in a democracy and respect in a democracy. But when it comes to the interests of the country as a whole, let us maintain cohesiveness," he said.


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Editor: Suksmajati Kumara


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