KPU Reveals KPU Website Attacked, Answers Server Location Issue

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The KPU ensures that all 2024 Election data, including Recapitulation Information System (Sirekap) data, is stored on domestic servers.

“All Sirekap data is processed and stored in a data center located in Indonesia in accordance with applicable laws and regulations,” said Indonesian KPU Commissioner, Betty Epsilon Idroos, in a press conference at the KPU Office, Jakarta, Monday (19/2/ 2024), as quoted by second.

Betty said that her party does use a CDN (Content Delivery Network) to meet needs cloud servers with high scalability and a capable security system.

“To manage such high traffic, the KPU implemented CDN [content delivery network] which functions as counters spread globally in all parts of the world,” he said.

Sirekap has also gone through an evaluation process from authorized institutions and is public data. Betty said that Sirekap is a large-scale system with high computational complexity.

“By implementing CDN, the public can access the Sirekap publication portal which will be directed to the CDN so that the website will have faster performance via the network in question,” he said.

CDN is a group of servers located all over the world. Websites that are supported by CDN, their content (HTML, videos, images) are not only stored on the server where the website data is stored. A cached copy of the content will be available on a group of servers.

The goal of this system is to share the bandwidth load so that the origin server, where the data is stored, does not “mind.” Users will then be served by the server located closest to them when accessing the website so that access time is faster.

Betty explained that this system uses random IPs for users who will access the KPU results. This mechanism is used because there are 1.6 million KPPS officers who will access Sirekap at the same time as the public.

“So it is necessary to distribute access to the portal in all parts of the world to speed up access,” he said.

The use of CDN also helps the KPU ward off cyber attacks. Betty revealed that the Sirekap website experienced cyber interference. However, he said, the KPU together with the cyber group team had tried to ward off the disturbance.

“Disruptions to the Sirekap system occurred starting February 14 2024, with increasing numbers and one of them was DDoS (distributed denial of service) disruption,” he concluded.

Because the way CDN works is to redistribute traffic when needed, this system helps websites survive DDoS attacks.

When a website is attacked, the CDN ensures that the original server is not touched so that the website will not go “down.” If the traffic entering the website is much higher than capacity, the traffic will be directed to another server.

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