An image from the Bjorka thread describing the KOMINFO hack.

2022 Indonesian Data Leaks

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Indonesian Data Leaks refers to the leak and online sale of data and personal information of Indonesians in August 2022. The event suddenly gained notoriety not long after Indonesia's Kementrian Komunikasi dan Informatika (Acronym: KOMINFO or Kemkominfo. Eng: Ministry of Communication and Information Technology) activated the PSE program earlier that month.


On August 20th, 2022, BreachedForums[1] user Bjorka created a thread about a leaked database of Indonesia internet service provider IndiHome, claiming that more than 26 million user's data has been leaked. On August 31st, 2022, the same BreachedForums[2] user created a thread claiming that data stored in 1.3 billion Indonesian SIM cards are being sold.

According to CNN Indonesia,[3] the forum that leaked and sold Indonesian data was blocked by Kemkominfo after they find it didn't register the associated domains to Indonesia's PSE program. Due to many data leaks in two weeks, on September 5th, 2022, Suara[4] published an article about KOMINFO's Ditjen Aptika and Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan asking the hackers to not breach data anymore, quoted as "If you can, don't attack." On the next day, Bjorka replied to the message by telling Pangerapan to "stop being an idiot" on the BreachedForums[5] thread, which was later deleted. On the next day, Facebook[6] user Bawenang Rukmoko P P uploaded a screenshot of Bjorka's thread. The post received more than 2,500 reactions and 4,500 shares in two days (shown below).

MY MESSAGE TO INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT by Bjorka-Tuesday September 6, 2022 at 08:58 AM Posts Threads Joined: Bjorka GOD 10 S Aug 2022 263 Kominfo Message to Hackers: If You Can, Don't Attack Liberty Jemadu1 Dicky Prasta Monday 05 September 2022) 2012 WIB KOMINFO The Direct General of tomation Applications at the Ministry of Communications and informatics Semuel Arjan Penerapan asted hachers to attack indonesians [Suara.comDicky Prastal - The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Kominfo) advised Bjorka, the hacker who hacked the data of 1.3 billion SIM numbers, not to do illegal access MY MESSAGE TO INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT: STOP BEING AN IDIOT

Online Reactions

Following the Suara article in early September 2022, many Indonesians expressed their disappointment with KOMINFO's actions in trying to stop data leaks. For example, on September 5th, 2022, Facebook[7] user Nazar Irsyad uploaded a photo collage of KOMINFO's minister, Johnny G. Plate, with the caption "Me getting a job in IT company with zero IT skills." The video received more than 1,100 reactions and 2,600 shares in three days (shown below).

On September 6th, 2022, Facebook[8] user Roni Rizki Anugrah uploaded a meme using a Dora the Explorer scene with Swiper (depicted as the hacker) trying to steal data, then Dora stopping him by saying "Hacker jangan menyerang" (Hacker stop attacking). The post received more than 1,100 reactions and 2,400 shares (shown below, left) within two days. On the next day, Facebook[9] user Andrian Januar Adilia uploaded fan art of Dora with the same line. The post received more than 1,000 reactions and 324 shares (shown below, right) within 24 hours.

Hacker jangan menyerang ngan me Hacker jangan menyerang Hacker jangan menyerang Hacker Ah sial... Kuat sekali keamanan di sini Hacker KOMINFO NOGGIN gaim 94 NOGGIN HACKER JANGAN MENCURI. HACKER JANGAN MENCURI. HACKER JANGAN MENCURI.

The Suara headline also became parodied and was turned into a phrasal template. On September 8th, 2022, Facebook[10] page Point Blank Indonesia uploaded a parody of the Suara headline. The post received more than 7,900 reactions and 3,200 shares in less than a day (shown below, left). On the same day, Facebook[11] page Neo Historia Indonesia uploaded a parody. The post received more than 5,100 reactions and 1,300 shares within only a few hours (shown below, right).

TEKNO / INTERNET Pesan Acid Pol ke Free Rebels: Kalau Bisa Jangan Menyerang Wolf Sigulung Gulung Senin, 05 September 2022 | 20:32 WIB f LINE 福 马马马马马马马与 马马马马马马马 百 百 马马马马张 in POLICE 191 马 百 POINT BLANK 33 BEYOND LIMITS 百 吾 吾吾吾 吾吾吾吾吾 吾吾吾 Kepala Kepolisian CT Force Point Blank, Acid Pol meminta Free Rebels dan komplotannya untuk tidak Menyerang CT Force ketika sedang mengerjakan tugas. Pesan Kaisar Romawi Timur ke Sultan Muhammad Fatih: Kalau Bisa, Jangan Menyerang Loukas Notaras | Giovanni Giustiniani Minggu, 29 Mei 1453

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