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National data center hit by brain cipher ransomware, 210 institutions disrupted

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The National Data Center, serving 210 institutions across central and regional levels, had been disrupted by the Brain Cipher ransomware, prompting rapid data relocation and recovery efforts.

“From the data affected, there are 210 institutions, both central and regional,” Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, Director General of Applications and Informatics at the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, told a media conference on the temporary National Data Center update in Jakarta on Monday, June 24, 2024.

Semuel said that affected institutions, such as immigration offices, have managed to relocate data and resume services. This includes the Supplier Performance Information System of the Government Procurement Policy Agency (SIKaP LKPP), licensing at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, and operations in the city of Kediri.

“We are conducting data migration,” Semuel said. “The speed of data recovery can be accelerated with better coordination between institutions and cloud service providers.”

The current National Data Center service used by the government is temporary, with the data center migration process expected to progress gradually.

The temporary National Data Center services include:

  • Providing Government Cloud Computing services and the PDN ecosystem managed by the Ministry of Communication and Informatics;
  • Integrating and consolidating central and regional government agency data centers into the National Data Center;
  • Offering proprietary and Open Source Software platforms to support the implementation of general or specific SPBE applications;
  • Providing technology to support big data and artificial intelligence (AI) for government agencies.

According to the Ministry of Communication and Informatics website, 56 ministries and agencies used the National Data Center between 2020 and 2021, along with 13 provinces, 105 regencies, and 31 cities.

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