Morning Briefing: Indonesian Election Commission’s Cyber System Hacked

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Good morning! Indonesia’ General Election Commission (GEC) cyber system is hacked from China and Russia Internet Protocol (IP). The hacker even tried to enter the commission’s parent system, include an attempt to manipulate or modify content to create ghost voters or fake voter identities. So government is now investigating the issue.

The attack is quite intense. Not only every day, but almost every hour, according to the commission chief Arief Budiman. But he can’t confirm yet whether the hacker is really from China or Russia, seeing that hacker can use IP address from anywhere. Moreover, the IP address tracked is not only from those two countries, he added.

GEC has coordinated with State Intelligence Agency, State Cyber and Code Agency, National Police, and Communication and Informatics Ministry to solve the hacking problem. Until now, the commission is able to subdue the cyberattack.

Budiman assured that the attack will not harm Indonesia’ election. Voting recapitulation will be counted manually from the poll station to district and city, to be followed to province, then collected national.

Both China and Russia rejected the cyberattack allegations. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it doesn’t interfere in other nations’ domestic affairs and is resolutely opposed to hacking. While, Russia said the allegation of cyberattack in Indonesia as baseless.

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Xi’ staff have cancelled a plan to visit America. And there is no plan also for the US to send delegation to China. But before the deal, US Trade Representative Robert Lightizer would have to make the trip again to finalize some of the outstanding points.

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The Jakarta Composite Index increased by 0.56 percent to 6,413.26 despite Rp313.05 billion foreign net sells.

May you have a profitable day!

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