The National Police and its Australian counterpart opened a new cyber crime office in Indonesia in response to a growing number of cyber offenses in the country that are also becoming increasingly complex.
Comr. Gen. Nanan Sukarna, the deputy police chief, said the second office, also opened with the Australian Federal Police, would be located inside the Jakarta Police headquarters.
The first was established inside the National Police headquarters.
“The partnership is between police [from both countries] and not [between two governments] as such,” Nanan said.
“We hope eventually all provincial police across Indonesia will have a cyber office like this. We will also expand partnerships with other countries, not just Australia.”
Comr Gen. Sutarman, the National Police’s chief of detectives, said cyber crime in Indonesia had reached an alarming rate with an equally alarming level of sophistication. Police across Indonesia, Sutarman said, received at least 800,000 reports linked to cyber crimes annually.
“Cyber crimes are often related to other crimes like terrorism funding and communication between terrorism suspects. And the intensity of the cyber criminals is also alarming,” he said.
“Even the president’s website was hacked into. Banking servers are also vulnerable as well as government offices. This country could be ruined.”
Tony Negus, the AFP commissioner, said the Australian government had disbursed $9.3 million for establishing the two Indonesian investigation offices, adding they would help police from both countries investigate cross-border cyber crimes.
“We hope that this cooperation will provide a positive effect in handling cyber crimes,” he said.
Adj. Sr. Comr. Audie Latuheru, the head of the Jakarta Police’s cyber crimes unit, said the offices would also provide Indonesian investigators opportunities to build their capacity in handling cyber crimes.
“We are establishing a unified system, from the handling of digital forensic evidence to the format of reports that can be used a court of law,” he said.
“The bottom line is for investigators [from both countries] to share information about investigation techniques. Cyber crimes are evolving so fast because cyber criminals are creative and innovative. In a matter of minutes there can be new crimes with new methods, which is why we need to work together.”
Audie said the new office was equipped with the latest equipment to analyze cyber crimes as well as to extract and secure digital evidence. Australia, he said, had also provided Indonesian investigators with training to handle cyber crime cases.
While other provincial police headquarters do not yet have a dedicated cyber crimes office, investigators from other provinces can report a crime and submit information and evidence for officials in the Jakarta offices to analyze.