Kominfo Denies Massive Data Breach of PeduliLindungi Users

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo) said on Sunday that the government’s COVID-19 contact tracing app PeduliLindungi had not been breached and that users’ data remains safe instead of being sold in the deep web. 

    “After assessing and evaluating the overall security, PeduliLindungi remains safe and there has been no data breach,” Kominfo Minister Johnny G. Plate confirmed to ANTARA on Sunday, June 21. “The investigation is not to be published.”

    The ministry had sought the expertise of Indonesia’s National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) which also claims non of the data collected by the contact tracing app had been sold illegally. 

    Previously, hackers allegedly sold sensitive and private COVID-19 data to the database sharing and marketplace forum, RaidForums. Sensitive data include the marketplace claims to have obtained from PeduliLindungi range from personal identity, home address, gender, patient’s status, up to preexisting conditions. 

    Hackers claim 230,000 massive database was able to be breached on May 20.

    Read also: Ministry Still Tracking Indonesia's COVID-19 Patients Data Leak

    ANTARA