Indonesian Government Sites Hacked Following Hacker’s Arrest

Several Indonesian government Web sites have been defaced following the arrest of Wildan Yani Ashari, 22, for breaching the Indonesian president’s Web site earlier this month.

“In what were reportedly acts of solidarity for Wildan, anonymous hackers hacked at least seven sites, including those of the Justice and Human Rights Ministry, the Social Affairs Ministry, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) and the Indonesian Embassy in Taskhent,” The Jakarta Globe reports.

“Instead of the official pages, web users were greeted by a cloaked figure alongside the catchphrase: ‘No Army Can Stop an Idea,'” writes Voice of America’s Kate Lamb.

“The statement on the hacked Supreme Court site apparently calls on the government to engage more with the hacker community so that they can work together to improve web site security and respond to any intrusions from outside the country,” writes The Register’s Phil Muncaster. “Given Indonesia’s robust attitudes to law enforcement and sentencing, such pleas are unlikely to persuade the authorities to go easy on Ashari, who police say has been up to mischief in the past.”

Detik cites the Indonesia Security Incident Response Team on Internet Infrastructure (Id-SIRTII) vice chairman … as saying that Wildan and the other local hackers have not made any significant damage so far,” writes Tech In Asia’s Enricko Lukman. “Wildan himself is facing a maximum sentence of 12 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of IDR 12 billion (US$1.2 million), which in my view is disproportionately excessive to say the least.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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