Indonesia Probes Universal Healthcare Agency for Data Leak

Indonesia is investigating a leak of some social security data involving its more than 270 million population.

The government has summoned the directors of BPJS Kesehatan, which manages the country’s universal healthcare program, to investigate the leak involving data that’s identified to be from the agency, according to a Friday statement from the communications ministry.

“We have deployed a special team to track and find the source as soon as possible,” the agency said in a statement Thursday. It maintains a strict and layered security system at its big data complex to safeguard people’s information, it added.

The probe comes as the country pushes forward with a campaign to inoculate more than 180 million people against Covid-19, with the program reliant on digital registrations to verify identity and eligibility.

The ministry found that the data sample being sold on forums involved 100,002 entries and included BPJS Kesehatan numbers, office codes, family detail and payment information, according to the ministry’s statement. The ministry has cut access to the websites hosting the files as it seeks to take down the data.

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