Narasi TV website hacked and receives threats

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Narasi TV lawyer Ade Wahyudin said Narasi editors received threats in their incoming mail with a message saying “diam atau mati” (quiet or die).

“There was an incoming message that says ‘silence or die.’ police on Friday, September 30, 2022.

Ade, who is also executive director of the Press Legal Aid Agency, said Narasi TV’s website was hacked around 3,600 times per minute. In the report, Ade only mentioned the Narasi TV website hack, despite the fact that more than 30 Narasi employee email accounts were also hacked. The hack of Narasi’s accounts on September 28, 2022 was then followed by an attack on Narasi TV’s website on September 29, 2022. Ade also said the number of hacked accounts may continue to increase following additional documentation from the attack.

“We continue to document. We are always reviewing [the attack] further and consider further legal action,” Ade said.

Ade added that the hack has certainly disrupted the journalism activities of Narasi TV teams. However, he did not provide further details on whether the hack is related to Narasi TV’s journalism work.

Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) President Sasmita Madrim urged police personnel to thoroughly investigate the hack. Sasmita argues that the attack on Narasi is not just a digital attack, but also an attack on journalism and the press.

“Therefore, today we accompany Narasi to urge police personnel to seriously investigate without further excuses,” Sasmito said.

Sasmito explained that on Monday, October 3, 2022, AJI will hold a hearing with the Press Council, whose duty it is to protect the press community. The Press Council has set up an ad hoc team to deal with cases of violence against the press and media companies.

“We hoped that at Monday’s meeting, the Press Council will mobilize the working group on violence against journalists so that the matter can be investigated quickly and thoroughly,” Sasmito said.


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