Indonesia just realized it has no backups after data centers are hit with ransomware

Indonesia faces major disruption after ransomware attack on data centers with no backups.

: Indonesia's government was hit by a ransomware attack on June 20, affecting 210 institutions and demanding $8 million. Nearly all government data had no backups, and services are expected to be restored by August. President Joko Widodo has ordered a full audit of all government data centers.

Indonesia has encountered significant issues after a ransomware attack on June 20 targeted its Temporary National Data Center. The attack, executed with the LockBit 3.0 variant called Brain Cipher, impacted 210 institutions and disrupted various government services.

The ransomware revealed a critical vulnerability: 98% of government data had no backups. Authorities, including Communication and Informatics Minister Budi Arie Setiadi, are working on decrypting data without paying the demanded $8 million ransom. Full restoration of services is anticipated by August.

In response, President Joko Widodo has ordered a comprehensive audit of government data centers. Vice President Ma'ruf Amin and other officials cited poor governance and centralization as primary issues. The situation has led to public outcry and demands for accountability, including calls for Budi's resignation.