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Indonesia confirms data breach by Chinese hackers

Police coordinating with several ministries, institutions to investigate breach, says official

Erric Permana   | 13.09.2021
Indonesia confirms data breach by Chinese hackers

JAKARTA, Indonesia

Hackers originating from China are suspected of breaching internal networks of the Indonesian government ministries and agencies, said the police on Monday.

“We are coordinating with the related ministries to investigate this case,” Inspector General Argo Yuwono, a police spokesperson, told reporters.

According to a team of threat researchers called the Insikt Group, as quoted by cybersecurity news outlet The Record on Sunday, the Chinese hackers breached the internal networks of at least 10 Indonesian government ministries and agencies, including computers from the Indonesian Intelligence Agency.

Insikt linked the security threat to Mustang Panda, a Chinese threat actor known for its cyber-espionage campaigns targeting the Southeast Asian region.

*Writing by Maria Elisa Hospita in Jakarta

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