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POSTED | 16:56 PM | 20-09-2016

Indonesia sees drastic increase in cybercrime

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Tuesday (Sep 20, 2016) that Indonesia had seen a drastic increase in cybercrime, with the number of cases growing by 389 percent in 2014 to 2015. Most of the cases occurred in the e-commerce sector, he added.

Speaking during a limited Cabinet meeting at the State Palace, Jokowi said cyber threats posed new challenges regarding the readiness of government institutions, The Jakarta Post reported.

“To deal with cybersecurity issues, we do not need to form a new institution, or start from zero. We can expand or consolidate units at ministries or institutions that have cybersecurity functions,” he said.

The Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister revealed in July that cyberattacks in Indonesia rose by 33 percent in 2015 from the previous year, of which 54.5 percent were aimed at e-commerce-related websites. Most of the attacks caused systems to stop working.

In the meeting, the President also told his Cabinet members to improve the management of state officials amid an era of tighter competition. He said improved management could provide more professional, responsive and faster services.

“State official management reforms should be carried out thoroughly, from upstream to downstream,” he said.

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