Personal Data of Over 200 Million Indonesians May Have Been Stolen

The Southeast Asian country's general election commission said that a large trove of voter data posted on a hacker forum, including names, addresses, ID numbers and birthdates, was authentic

Indonesia's election authorities appear to have suffered a major security breach as hackers leaked the personal information of over 2 million voters and are threatening to release the information of more than 200 million others.    

The Southeast Asian country's general election commission on May 22 confirmed that the data trove posted on a hacker website two days earlier was authentic. The source of the breach was not clear. 

However, the commission claimed that its servers were not hacked and that presidential candidates and political parties had also been in possession of the data, according to Reuters. 

The leak of the information on 2.3 million citizens was first reported by data breach monitoring firm Under the Breach.  The hacker who posted the data claimed to have the citizenship data of more than 200 million other Indonesians, and that he or she would release it soon.  

The leaked information such as names, addresses, ID numbers and birthdates could potentially be used for fraud and identity theft, reports said. 

Indonesia, with more than 260 million citizens, is the world's fourth most populous country.  
 

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