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Indonesian government bans access to RaidForums after data leak from almost the entire population

 

The Indonesian government has ordered that internet providers in Indonesia block access to RaidForums, a popular cybercriminal forum, widely used to share data leaks, on the shallow internet.

The decision was made by Dedy Permadi, responsible for the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (KOMINFO) on Friday (21), after data from almost the entire Indonesian population was announced for sale on the website.

According to a KOMINFO press release, in addition to ordering the blocking of access to RadiForums, the minister reported that the links containing samples of the data, hosted by BayFiles, Anonfiles and Mega (Megaupload) services, were overthrown by local authorities.

“RaidForums has been identified as a forum that spreads a lot of content that violates Indonesian law, so that the website, including an account called ‘kotz’, is in the process of being blocked. Links to download personal data, that is, data links on bayfiles.com, mega.nz and anonfiles.com have all been blocked“, writes Permadi.

Leakage of almost the entire population

On the 12th of May this year, was published in RaidForums, an advertisement for the sale of a database, which guarantees to contain personal data, such as name, document numbers, addresses, salary information and other data of more than 279 million Indonesian residents.

The screenshots of the ad were posted by a news profile on Twitter, Nuice Media. The photos reveal a user, identified as a kotz, selling information from more than 279 million Indonesians (20 million of which are identified per photo). Of the 279 million, a sample of 1 million was offered free of charge as evidence.

User identified as kotz claims to have data for almost the entire Indonesian population, including dead. In 2017, Indonesia had about 270 million inhabitants according to local surveys. Photo: Nuice Media.
User identified as kotz claims to have data on almost the entire Indonesian population, including dead. In 2017, Indonesia had about 270 million inhabitants according to local surveys. Photo: Nuice Media.

The sample was hosted on the websites BayFiles, Anonfiles and Mega (Megaupload), which according to Minister Permadi, they were all overthrown by the local authorities.

Data source

The ministry reports that it has analyzed the sample of the leak and believes in the possibility that the data has been stolen from BPJS Kesehatan, equivalent to a Health and Social Security Agency, since the number of the BPJS card is one of the data present in the leak.

“From the results of an investigation of around 1 million data, it can be concluded that KOMINFO need to carry out a more in-depth investigation together with BPJS Kesehatan […] The investigations carried out by the BPJS internal team will always be coordinated with the Ministry of Communication and Information “, concludes the minister.


Sources: KrASIA; KOMINFO, Nuice Media and TheHack.

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