Indonesian Police Arrested Group Spreading Hoax Online

By | February 27, 2018 Leave a Comment

Indonesian Police has arrested at least six members of a syndicate spreading provocative issues in social media, which is considered to be disrupting the security of the country.

Director of National Police's Investigatif Unit Brigadier Gen. (Pol) Fadil Imran said that the sindycate communicate through WhatsApp group "The Family of MCA (Muslim Cyber ​​Army)".

"Based on the results of the investigation, this group often spreads the provocative issues in social media," Fadil said in a written statement on Tuesday.

The six were arrested in various cities accross the country; Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, Pangkalpinang, Palu, Yogyakarta, and Sumedang.

They distribute contents in some issues such as the rise of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) that was banned by The government, the abduction of preacher, and the defamation of the president, the government, and certain figures.

They also spread content containing viruses to certain people. "They are spreading a virus that is deliberately sent to an opponent person or group that could damage electronic devices for the recipient," Fadil said.

Police are investigating suspects intensively, including finding out other possible suspects from the groups followed by the syndicate members.
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