Hackers broke into the computer network of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia and downloaded the personal data of 1.3 million employees of the Ministry’s system, the online version of the Jakarta Post reported on Thursday.
As a result of the hacker attack, the first and last names, numbers of employee identification cards and their personal data, including age, place of birth, address of residence, family card numbers (registration), parents’ names, marital status and other personal information, were stolen, the newspaper said.
The attack was discovered by Indonesian IT consultant Tegu Aprianto. According to him, hackers took advantage of the transition of the majority of the ministry’s system employees to remote work in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and entered the network, breaking into one of them’s computers, the newspaper reports.
Hacker attacks in Indonesia have become more frequent with the introduction of restrictive measures in connection with the pandemic, the newspaper says.