Indonesia says cyber attacks won’t disrupt elections
Arief Budiman, head of the National Election Commission (KPU), said that even though regular hacking attempts had been detected on the agency’s website.
Budiman was earlier cited in a media report as saying Chinese and Russian hackers were attacking Indonesia’s voter database “to manipulate and modify” content and create ghost voters.
“The election process will not be disturbed because we can handle the attacks.
A KPU source with knowledge of the matter said the voter database had been subject to “probing” attacks from IP addresses originating in several countries, not just China and Russia.
Communications Minister Rudiantara previously told Reuters that servers and websites in Indonesia are regularly targeted by cyber attacks originating overseas, however, that many were in fact local hackers masked by a virtual private network.
President Joko Widodo is running for re-election against ex-military Gen. Prabowo Subianto, and much of the candidates’ campaigns are being waged online and on social media.
Election watchdogs have reported a spike in fake news during the campaign amid raised concerns about the impact in a country of avid social media users.