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Indonesia President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stated that the country had seen a drastic increase in cyber crime, according to a report by The Jakarta Post.

Speaking in a limited Cabinet meeting at the State Palace on Tuesday, President Jokowi cited that the number of cases has grown by 389 per cent in 2014 to 2015. He also mentioned that most of the cases occurred in the e-commerce sector.

However, the President stated that there is no need for the government to form a new institution to deal with the issue.

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“We can expand or consolidate units at ministries or institutions that have cyber security functions,” he said.

Supporting his statement, this July the Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister had stated that cyber attacks in Indonesia rose by 33 per cent in 2015 from the previous year.

Of all these attacks, 54.5 per cent were aimed at e-commerce-related websites, causing the system to stop working.

Cyber security is one of the seven points included in the country’s e-commerce roadmap. The government aims to “strengthen surveillance” (though there was no mention how they plan to do it), and educate the society about the importance of cyber security, especially during transactions.

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Responding to the report, Indonesian e-commerce industry association idEA Chairman Aulia Ersyah Marinto believes that generally all websites are prone to cyber criminal actions.

“There is a perception that e-commerce sites are ‘more sensitive’ due to the varied and invaluable data and information it contains,” he wrote in an e-mail to e27.

Marinto also stressed that idEA actively educates e-commerce services providers on how to avoid cyber crime actions. It also reaches out to consumers by educating them about safe transaction methods. The association utilises different channels such as the media, workshops and seminars, events, and many more.

The chairman also thinks that the current regulation is enough to tackle the issue.

“As the e-commerce industry grows, if it deemed necessary, then there will be the need for new regulation,” he closed.

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