Minister Not Being Spied On: Cyber Agency

Maritime Affairs Coordinating Minister Luhut Pandjaitan. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

By : Adinda Normala | on 9:11 AM February 07, 2018
Category : News, Security

Jakarta. Indonesia's National Cyber and Encryption Agency, the BSSN, on Tuesday (06/02) performed a routine check on Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan’s office, his residence and his cars to ensure they had not been wiretapped.

BSSN was established last year to protect all government institutions from being spied on.

The idea to create the agency was proposed in March 2015 by former security chief Tedjo Edhi Widodo after concerns surfaced over reports that Australia might have been attempting to spy on a number of senior Indonesian officials.

"This was a routine check. Not only on me, but others too," Luhut said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The BSSN did not find any wiretapping devices at the office of the ministry.

"It’s BSSN’s job to do the routine check. We also do this ourselves before we receive state guests, for example when the prime ministers of Norway and Denmark came here," said the head of the ministry’s public bureau, Djoko Hartoyo.

BSSN is also tasked with protecting sensitive government data and information from attacks by hackers or other cyber criminals.

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