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Indonesia to create its own "cyber army"
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 30 May 2013 02:29:20 -0500 (CDT)
By Abu Hanifah
JAKARTA, May 29 (Xinhua) -- In a move to keep the country's sovereignty
in the cyber age, the Indonesian defense ministry is planning to create
a special force called "cyber army" to tackle attacks by Internet
hackers against the state's Internet portals and websites that could
endanger the security of the state.
A senior official at the ministry said that it would propose a law to
legalize the operation of the "cyber army." The plan to set up the
special force was hatched after rampant attacks against government
Internet portals and websites have been reported during the last three
"The only law that we have to address cyber crime is the IITE law," Pos
M. Hutabarat, director general of security potentials at the ministry,
said on Tuesday, referring to the law that regulates online information
and transactions for civilians that carries up to 1 billion rupiah
(about 102,000 U.S. dollars) fine for the violators.
Pos said that there is an urgent need for a law to create the "cyber
army" in Indonesia.
According to Pos, the "cyber army" will be manned by uniformed soldiers
particularly trained on information technology and possessed the skills
and techniques on how to prevent cyber attacks.
He said that similar cyber units are already operational in several
countries, including the United States, China, South Korea and Iran.
Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said earlier that
establishment of the task force would need the full support of the
Communication and Information Ministry.
The ministry is expected to provide telecommunication infrastructure
management system, equipment and trainers for the members of the
proposed "cyber army," Purnomo added.
"The Communication and Information ministry has the capacity to build up
the cyber security," he said, adding that the "cyber army" unit is
planned to be embedded in the navy, the army and the air force.
Communications and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring said earlier
that websites of Indonesia's state ministries and agencies have received
more than 36.6 million cyber attacks from hackers in the last three
He said that his ministry is in a process of building a system called
"National Cyber Security" to protect websites of government institutions
To make the system effective, the ministry has sought the cooperation of
other government agencies, including the national intelligence body
(BIN), the national narcotics body (BNN), and the military and
government's anti-terrorism desks (BNPT).
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