Monday, 21 Augst 2017 | 13:42 WIB


What Indonesians Must Realize in Order Not to Get into a Trap of Cyber Attacks

A computer virus type of ransomware named Wanna Decryptor, or WannaCry, has attacked nearly 100 countries around the world, including Indonesia (WRDW.com)

PALU, NETRALNEWS.COM - Deputy Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly, Oesman Sapta Odang believed that the government would be able to overcome the new ransomware cyber virus attack called WannaCry, which has affected computer systems of several hospitals in Indonesia.

"Let's give an opportunity to the authorities who are responsible for conducting research and development to overcome it (cyber attack)," he said here, Tuesday.

Odang admitted that overcoming the cyber attacks was not easy, as it needed much efforts. Therefore, the public must be patient as the government has taken strategic steps to cope with it. According to him, parties should not make assumptions about the incident, as it concerned many.

"We need to be patient because there are credible parties who can answer and interpret the truth; hence, no one should fabricate anything related to the cyber attacks, as it involves human life," he remarked. A computer virus type of ransomware named Wanna Decryptor, or WannaCry, has attacked nearly 100 countries around the world, including Indonesia.

The ransomware has reportedly attacked servers of several hospitals in Jakarta since Friday on May 12, and it was feared it would impede the medical activities. The Ministry of Communications and Informatics has appealed to the public not to panic in response to the spread of the virus.

In addition, the Indonesian government, through Indonesia Security Incident Response Team on Internet Infrastructure (ID-SIRTII), has requested the community to not necessarily meet the demands for ransom. The spreader of the virus asked users whose computers were infected to pay ransom of IDR4 million in the form of virtual money, bitcoin.