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The rise of political digital attacks

  • Anton Muhajir

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Denpasar, Bali   /   Mon, October 26, 2020   /  04:50 pm
The rise of political digital attacks Someone is watching: Cyberattacks on individuals, civil society groups and media in Indonesia are on the rise according to the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet). In most cases, the attacks came after the victims criticized government policies. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)

The massive demonstrations against the Job Creation Law were also felt in the digital world. The protests from civil society against the omnibus law, manifested in the hashtags #TolakOmnibusLaw (reject the omnibus law) and #TolakUUCiptaKerja (reject the Job Creation Law), have become a trending topic in global cyberspace. At the same time, however, digital attacks on protesting activists and students have been on the rise. Based on monitoring by the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), at least 16 cases of digital attacks targeting activists, workers and students have occurred as of Oct. 20 in the form of hacked Instagram accounts, takeovers of WhatsApp numbers, attempts to log in to Twitter accounts, hacked or defaced websites as well as doxing and other threats through WhatsApp and Instagram. Cyber attackers have targeted labor activist Mirah Sumirat, the presi...

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