Tuesday, 29 September 2020 | 20:08 WIB

Indonesia Monitors Hacking of Whatsapp by Spyware

Indonesia Monitors Hacking of Whatsapp by Spyware (nextweb)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Communication and Information continues to monitor the development of the hacking of thousands of WhatsApp users in a number of countries by NSO Group's Pegasus spyware.

"So far we have been monitoring [this incident], [and] it has not been seen yet [in Indonesia]," said Indonesia Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate after meeting with representatives of Facebook, WhatsApp's parent company, at the Ministry of Communication and Information office on Thursday (11/07/2019).

Johnny is reluctant to conclude whether the hacking of Whatsapp users' accounts also occurs in Indonesia. However, he stated that his office continues to work with the National Cyber and State Coding Agency (BSSN) on the WhatsApp hacks.

Johnny stated that in the near future he would conduct a meeting with BSSN.

He also reminded all WhatsApp users to always update their applications to get the latest cyber security protection, including to prevent spyware, and to safeguard data from being compromised.

"If the application requested an update, please update it, as the software will maintain all the features on our devices well," Johnny said, as reported by Antara.

Meanwhile, NSO Group is suspected of creating a spyware that is infiltrated into WhatsApp servers to hack users, especially from countries related to the United States. As quoted from Reuters, the planted spyware affects 1,400 Whatsapp users in various countries, including the US, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan and Mexico.

The spyware was allegedly targeting senior government officials. India said the victims of hacking in their countries were journalists, lawyers, academics and defenders of the Dalit community.