Cybersecurity Expert Confirms Validity of 105 Million Indonesian Data Leaked


TEMPO.CO, Jakartacyber security and Vaksincom’s digital forensics expert, Alfons Tanujaya, confirmed the validity of several ID numbers or NIKs of 105 million Indonesian population data leaked by an account named Bjorka and sold on an online forum called Breached Forums or Breached.to. The data is said to come from the General Election Commission (KPU).

“I checked several NIKs given as a sample, all of them are valid. And the data most likely comes from KPU because there is TPS information,” Alfons told Tempo on Wednesday evening, September 7, 2022.

Bjorka is suspected of leaking sensitive data about Indonesians including NIK, family card or KK number, full name, place and date of birth, gender, address and age on his page on September 6, 2022.

As a result of this data breach, Alfons explained, people could exploit demographic data by opening a fake bank account, signing up for online loans, and more.

The Ministry of Communication and Information or Kominfo was discreet when asked to respond to the alleged data leak. “When it comes to cyberattacks, it’s best to ask the National Cybersecurity and Encryption Agency or BSSN as the lead cybertech sector,” Kominfo Minister Johnny G. Plate said Wednesday via a short message.

The BSSN, meanwhile, said it was conducting a thorough investigation into the alleged breach of 105 million Indonesian sensitive data. “The BSSN team is coordinating and investigating the matter. It is still being processed,” agency spokesperson Ariandi Putra told Tempo on Wednesday.

Ministry of Health. KHORY ALFARIZI

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