Cyber-warriors menace Indonesian government

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By Duncan Graham-Rowe AN ARMY of more than one hundred computer hackers is poised to declare cyberwar on the Indonesian government if it hinders next week’s elections for independence in East Timor. Nobel peace prizewinner José Ramos-Horta claims that an international team of “computer wizards”, mainly in Europe, is ready to wreak havoc on the Indonesian government’s entire computer network. The hackers have threatened to disrupt military banking and finance institutions and even airline communications, potentially causing chaos for weeks. This cyber-army, which mostly comprises teenagers, according to Horta, also claims to have developed special computer viruses that will only infect Indonesian communication systems. Horta has endorsed the hackers’ challenge so long as they do not endanger lives. Horta’s backing of such action comes as East Timor prepares to vote on an offer of full independence from Indonesia on 30 August. Horta reports that the conditions for a free referendum have remained far from ideal, with undercover Indonesian agents reputedly attempting to pressurise voters. Earlier this year, there was an attack on an entire website domain name set up for an East Timor virtual community (New Scientist, 27 February, p 51). But the sort of organised assault now proposed on Indonesian infrastructure is unprecedented, notes Brendan Paddy of Amnesty International. “Usually it’s a question of hacking into websites and posting a political message,” he says. According to Space Rogue, the anonymous editor of the online Hacker News Network,