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Jakarta Post

Lion Air leak puts data protection in spotlight

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 19, 2019   /  09:21 am
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Lion Air aircraft at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

With all due respect to the affected passengers, the data leak affecting tens of millions of Lion Air Group customers could not have occurred at a better time: right when the government is planning to relax rules on data centers in a move that has sparked a fair amount of debate on data protection. Passengers of the group’s subsidiaries Batik Air, Malaysia-based Malindo Air and Thailand-based Thai Lion Air had their personal details stolen and posted online last month, according to a cybersecurity research collective. The data breach laid bare at least 35 million customers’ passport details, home addresses and phone numbers in the digital wilderness, effectively rendering them vulnerable to various kinds of cybercrime, including identity theft. Malindo Air confirmed the data breach in a statement on Wednesday. The breach was discovered earlier this month by online cy...