Indonesia investigates leak of visa data from 9 million foreigners

Indonesia investigates leak of visa data from 9 million foreigners
Indonesia investigates leak of visa data from 9 million foreigners

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology are probing the alleged leak of data on 9 million visas for foreign nationals entering Indonesia.

People walk with their luggage at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Reuters

The move came after a hacker was suspected of trading the data that contained foreign visas to enter Indonesia issued by the Directorate of General Immigration of Indonesia, Voice of Indonesia reported.

The director general of information and public communication at the Ministry of Communication and Information Usman Kansong said his agency was still checking information.

Last week, Indonesia also launched an investigation after a cybersecurity practitioner revealed the data of 34 million Indonesian passports had been allegedly leaked and traded.

The information in the leak contained data ranging from the passport registration number and valid date, to full name, date of birth and gender. The data was sold for US$10,000.

By Nadeem Faisal Baiga