The untrained man hacked the election commission website. Photo: iStock

A mother in Indonesia has claimed the National Police offered her son a job after he successfully hacked the website of the General Elections Commission (KPU.)

Mira Melinda, the mother of a hacker identified as MA, said her son was treated very well when he was arrested, The Jakarta Post reported. She added that her son was described as an asset who needs protection and he may get a job with the authorities.

Payakumbuh Police chief Endrastyawan Setyowibowo said MA was arrested on April 22 and has a junior high school certificate only.

Melinda added that her son was a self-taught IT expert who had been interested in the field since elementary school. He attained many certificates for his achievements as well, including the SQL Injection Challenge from the Communications and Information Ministry and Responsible Disclosure from McAfee.

According to MA’s uncle Ramadhan Putra, the boy hacked the KPU’s website on April 18 and only wanted to remind authorities about the lack of safety measures on the website.

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