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Jakarta Post

Terrorist financing, cybercrime and the underground economy

  • Hendi Yogi Prabowo

Yogyakarta   /   Mon, July 9 2012   /  05:00 am

Recently, the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism unit arrested five suspects in the case of the Surakarta church bombing. Among them was an Information Technology (IT) expert, Rizki Gunawan, who used his skills to illegally gather funds from the Internet. According to the police, Rizki was able to hack into, among others, a Multi Level Marketing (MLM) company website and reaped around Rp. 5.9 billion (US$625,400). The police believed that part of the funds were used to support the church bombing attack in 2011.

According to the National Police, there have been many indications that terrorists are very resourceful in funding their activities through the use of IT. Hacking for money is now considered as a common method of obtaining funds for terrorist financing. In fact, police investigations have revealed that the 2002 Bali bombings were allegedly funded at least in par...