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Concerns grow over potential cyberattacks during elections

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12 2018   /  12:32 am

Eighteen-year-old DS may look like a regular teenager, spending his spare time helping his uncle sell chicken porridge in East Jakarta. No one would have thought that he was capable of hacking and defacing dozens of government websites, as he has done over the past three years, with the latest victim being the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu). The police arrested him on June 30.

“The suspect breached Bawaslu’s website just for fun,” the National Police’s cybercrime division chief Sr. Comr. Asep Safrudin said, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

He added the suspect learned about hacking from various sources on the internet, including from a Facebook group called “Typical Idiot Security”.

DS said he had warned Bawaslu that the website was prone to data theft. However, he did not receive any response from the agency.

His arrest has raised concerns ov...