Indonesian elections not at risk from cyber attacks – really?

“This is not about China or Russia,” he said, adding that cyber attacks had originated both locally and from abroad. President Joko Widodo is running for re-election against ex-military general Prabowo Subianto, and much of the candidates’ campaigns are being waged online and on social media. “The election process will not be disturbed because we can handle (the attacks),” he told journalists at a briefing. Communications Minister Rudiantara previously told Reuters that servers and websites in Indonesia are regularly targeted by cyber attacks originating overseas, but that many were in fact local hackers masked by a virtual private network. JAKARTA (Reuters) – Presidential and legislative polls in Indonesia next month are not at risk of disruption from cyber attacks, the head of the election commission said on Wednesday, even though regular hacking attempts had been detected on the agency’s website.

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