Indonesia probe police hack in latest cyber breach


Indonesian police are investigating claims by a hacker who said this week they have stolen personal data of thousands of police officers.

Using a now suspended Twitter handle, a hacker who said they were from Brazil claimed to have obtained the data of 28,000 officers by infiltrating Indonesia’s national police server, according to local media reports.

The hacker said the information compromised included names, home addresses, emails, phone numbers and blood types.

The incident follows an attack claimed by the same hacker last month on Indonesia’s Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN).

The hacks have highlighted digital security vulnerabilities at state agencies in Indonesia, which has one of the world’s biggest online markets.

In August, a flaw in the health ministry’s COVID-19 app exposed the personal data and health status of 1.3 million people. The same week the president’s own vaccine certificate was leaked.

A month later, police confirmed they were also investigating an alleged hack at the country’s intelligence agency, and 10 government ministries by a group known as Mustang Panda.

Indonesia has seen a rise in cyber attacks, with 888 million attempts recorded from January to August, according to data from the national cyber agency.