Communications and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring said that Indonesians should remain clam regarding a rumor that the World Wide Web will come to an end on Monday.
According to reports last week, a malware DNS Charger will terminate the Internet connections of millions of people around the world.
"The Internet doomsday is just a rumor. It is inaccurate to say that massive Internet traffic congestion will happen in Indonesia on July 9," Tifatul said as quoted by kompas.com on Sunday evening.
However, the minister warned that Internet users in the country should be careful when surfing the World Wide Web and thoroughly check their devices and Internet connections.
A report from the United States' Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) states that 227,000 computers in the world have been infected by DNS Changer malware. The number has been reduced from April’s figure of 360,000 computers. The FBI believes that some 64,000 computers in the US alone have been infected with DNS Changer.
Four years ago, Tifatul said, a computer Trojan from Estonia massively infected millions of computers through the World Wide Web. The incident prompted the FBI to create an anti-virus to counter the attack.
"The FBI has released a list of 25 countries prone to be infected by the Trojan virus. Yet, Indonesia is not on the list. Most of the countries are in Europe and America," Tifatul said.
He added that virus researchers had conducted research about the DNS Changer presence in Indonesia and did not find the virus in Indonesia.
"There’s no need to panic. But stay alert! Always scan your computers and do not open links sent by unknown persons," said the minister. (riz)