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Hacker attacks police website, posts anti-graft messages

Date: September 10, 2008

The City Police's Traffic Management Center (TMC) website was the target of a hacking attack on Tuesday that lasted several hours.

Information on Jakarta traffic was replaced with long messages criticizing the police.

One of the messages read "The National Police was the third most corrupt organization in 2005, second most in 2006, and the most corrupt organization in 2007. Where is the justice? Today, all Indonesian Police websites are OWNED!"

In the messages, the hacker, who claimed to have hacked all of the police's websites, said the next target would be the websites of Indonesian celebrities currently running for public office.

"I don't know exactly why the hacker targeted the TMC. I think they chose it because it has many visitors, so more people would see the message, which was clearly aimed at ruining the police's image," TMC chief Comr. Sambodo Purnomo told The Jakarta Post.

He said he suspected the hacker managed to infiltrate the website after the internet connection from state telecommunications company PT Telkom was temporarily disrupted.

The website,, was defaced at dawn on Tuesday, returning to normal again at 1 p.m.

"Officers from the National Police's Cyber Crime Division came to the TMC to help us fix the problem," Sambodo said.
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