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Online Gambling Infiltration in Government Domains Identified

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JAKARTA – The Indonesian Internet Domain Name Administrator (PANDI) has identified cases of government domains being infiltrated and used to host gambling and pornography websites. This was stated by the Director-General of Public Information and Communication at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Usman Kansong, as quoted by the Antara News Agency on Wednesday (25/1).

“The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and PANDI have identified cases of government domains being used for gambling and pornography and have given warnings to the managers of the relevant domains,” he said.

Usman explained that the management of published domain content in accordance with applicable regulations is entirely the responsibility of the relevant agency’s domain manager. The infiltrated domains are usually subdomains that are no longer effectively managed by the agency but not deleted.

He added that infiltration can occur due to a number of reasons, such as failure to delete domains or subdomains that are no longer used by the agency, the use of a content management system (CMS) with poorly managed security, and limited human resource capabilities.

Regarding the use of government domains infiltrated for gambling and pornography, Usman stated that his ministry has taken steps to handle the situation. “The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has given warnings and suspended domains that do not adhere to the applicable regulations,” he said.

Usman also stated that his ministry is working with the State Cyber ​​and Cryptography Agency (BSSN) to provide information security awareness to domain managers or government website owners.

In addition, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology is also conducting cyber patrols to prevent the misuse of government domains or websites for illegal purposes.

Previously, in recent months, several websites were found to be hosting online gambling content, including those belonging to local governments, schools, and universities. BSSN even reported that similar cases had been identified as early as December 2022.

In BSSN’s findings, it was revealed that there were 291 public sector-owned websites that exposed online gambling content, including 30 government-owned websites, 38 school-owned websites, and 68 university-owned websites. (Kmb/Balipost)