Most Indonesian data affected by malware was not backed up, authorities claim

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Most Indonesian data affected by malware was not backed up, authorities claim
Most Indonesian data affected by malware was not backed up, authorities claim

Officials claim that much of the Indonesian government data that was recently the focus of a ransomware intrusion was not adequately backed up.

According to officials, the majority of the government data in Indonesia that was recently the target of a ransomware cyberattack was not properly backed up. This incident has revealed the absence of preparedness for such an attack in the largest economy in Southeast Asia. The worst cyberattack to hit the nation in recent memory occurred last week, interfering with several government functions, such as immigration and major airport operations. Although the government claims that over 230 federal institutions, including ministries, were impacted, it has declined to pay the $8 million ransom required to unlock the encrypted material.

The president of Indonesia’s cyber security agency, BSSN, Hinsa Siburian, stated that 98% of the government data kept in one of the two affected data centers was not backed up. “We see that the primary issue is governance, and there is no backup,” he said late on Thursday at a Senate session. A few legislators rejected the justification. The chair of the commission in charge of the incident, Meutya Hafid, stated, “If there is no backup, that’s not a lack of governance.” “That’s stupidity”

Attackers using ransomware employ software to encrypt data, then demand money from victims in order to unlock the information. According to Indonesia, the attacker in this specific incidence made use of Lockbit 3.0, a kind of malware that is already in existence.

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