Cyber-attack haunts Indonesia’s COVID-19 strategy (The Jakarta Post)

A reported data breach of the now-defunct electronic Health Alert Card (eHAC) system has raised serious concerns about the security of the PeduliLindungi application, a key part of the government’s “living with COVID-19” strategy.

The authorities said that they had investigated a suspected data breach of the old eHAC system, which had jeopardized the data of around 1.3 million users. The system was primarily used by the Health Ministry to help with COVID-19 contact tracing.

The incident, which is not unusual given the country’s weak cybersecurity, was brought to light by encryption provider vpnMentor, which wrote in a report on Monday that the data included contact details, ID card details and COVID-19 test results.

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The Jakarta Post

2 September 2021

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