Defense Ministry Anticipates Cyber Attacks on Social Media

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  • Indonesia's Minister of Communications and Information, Rudiantara, speaks to journalists during a press conference about the recent cyber attack, at a cafe in Jakarta, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

    Indonesia's Minister of Communications and Information, Rudiantara, speaks to journalists during a press conference about the recent cyber attack, at a cafe in Jakarta, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Towards 2018 and 2019 political year, Defense Ministry has anticipated cyber-attacks on social media one of which is foreign cyber-hacks

    "Currently, cyber-attacks pose a real threat to Indonesia’s defenseCyber-attacks used to operate systematically, but today cyber-attacks have used social mediaWe have anticipated this," Defense Ministry’s Information and Data Center (Pusdatin) head Marsma TNI Yusuf Jauhar said in Menteng, Jakarta on Friday, Dec. 29.

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    Yusuf admitted that Pusdatin keeps maintaining communication with both government institutions and several non-government institutions to prevent hacking in for the 2019 Presidential Election.

    He predicted that in the political year, hate speech and hoax will spread on social media.

    Yusuf also reminded that 2018 general Election will trigger the emergence of groups similar to Saracen, an online syndicate accused of creating and spreading fake news and hate speech for money. What is worse, hate speech on social media is also fabricated by other groups.

    As a result, he continued, everyone needs to remain alert for groups similar to Saracen in 2018 General Election.

    ANTARA