Wednesday, 23 October 2019

2019 Presidential Election Shrouded by Cyber Attack Threats

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The issue of elections security taking the form of tampered cast votes is predicted to be one of the cyber attacks that will heat up Indonesia’s political year nearing the 2019 presidential election (Pilpres).

    “Incidents in the past pointing to data manipulation,” said SEA Kaspersky Lab territory channel manager Dony Koesmandarin in a meeting with journalists on Thursday, February 7.

    An election cyber-attack would either take the form of physical or technical attacks that boils down to data tampering. This threat would hit its hardest for activities related to data collection such as ‘quick counts’.

    Dony said that the attacks can take the form of invalid or inaccessible data and busy or downed servers across official websites belonging to the General Election Commission (KPU), quick count institutions, and anyone in possession of critical data.

    “Anyone can be a target [of cyber attack],” Dony reminded.

    ANTARA