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Preventing cyber-crime in Indonesia

On Saturday, July 29, there was a raid on a house in Jakarta, suspected to be a place of international cyber-crime activities. This raid was jointly carried out by the Indonesian police task force and the police of the People's Republic of China.

Twenty-seven people were arrested; all of them are Chinese nationals. According to information, they have committed crimes since March 2017. They claimed that their  modus was that they pretended being police or prosecutors and they intimidated their victims who were allegedly involved in a particular case. The victims were threatened to freeze their accounts if not send some money. The victims are, in fact, Chinese citizens. This crime is revealed because there are reports of victims who were cheated. In addition to Jakarta, four other cities in Indonesia such as Bali, Batam and Surabaya have also reportedly become places of cyber-crime with the same modus operation.

In addition, there is also another cyber-crime that even targets children. Usually, the crime is through social media by way of sexual exploitation through online media. The government, through the Office of Women Empowerment and Child Protection of Semarang city, is anticipating the crime against the children by holding a foundation that cares for children in addition to reminding parents as the first deterrent and protector in the face of this crime. There are seven social media commonly used by children, such as BBM, Whatsapp, Line, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Path. Allegedly through the social media, cyber-bullying frequently happen. Moreover, children are shown with pornographic content that is very easy to access or even become victims of sexual exploitation in cyberspace.

Such fact is very alarming that Indonesia is now a target of cyber-crime. The flow of modernization, especially through multimedia cannot be stopped. Therefore, the public should be more vigilant and wiser to use social media, especially for the children. Parents must be able to monitor their children and prevent the negative impacts. (Asep/Rhm)

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