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PT Darta Media Indonesia
Type of site
Internet forum, classifieds
Available inIndonesian
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerGDP Venture
Founder(s)Andrew Darwis
Ronald Stephanus
Budi Dharmawan
Launched6 November 1999; 23 years ago (1999-11-06)

Kaskus is an Indonesian Internet forum that describes itself as "the largest Indonesian community". Registration is required for new users to participate in the community, and every registered member has access to more than twenty regional and subject-related sub-forums. The community initially used the vBulletin forum but switched to a new engine they developed called "New Kaskus" in mid-2012.


Kaskus was created on November 6, 1999 by Indonesian students Andrew Darwis, Ronald Stephanus, Ken Dean Lawadinata and Budi Dharmawan. Kaskus was originally intended as an informal forum for abroad Indonesian students. The name Kaskus itself is an abbreviation of the word "Kasak-Kusuk" which translates to 'gibberish' or 'whispers'.

PC Magazine Indonesia named Kaskus in August 2005[1] as being the best site and largest online community and in 2006, as the choice of readers in 2006. On May 23, 2006, the management was forced to change their .com domain to .us, due to the outbreak of the Brontok virus which was created with the aim of attacking large sites in Indonesia. By the beginning of April 2007, Kaskus management added two new Dell Servers to improve Kaskus's website performance. In July 2008, Kaskus management decided to operate the server in Indonesia. For this purpose, Kaskus purchased eight Dell PowerEdge 2950 servers and operated them via a network of open IXP. This resulted in multiplied access to Kaskus and eventually added eight more servers to handle the requests.

In March 2008, after convincing his cousin Andrew to expand and create a proper business out of Kaskus, Ken Dean Lawadinata came on board as partner and CEO. PT Darta Media Indonesia was then created as the parent company of Kaskus. By the end of 2008 Kaskus went on a major expansion and changes in its product line and vision (including the closure of the forum's adult section and reformulation of the "debate club" forum due to Indonesian cybercrime laws, and its first redesign to coincidence that year's Independence Day) to become the largest forum in Indonesia, and reached its first million user base. That same year, the forum was involved in a feud with a local hacking community called YogyaFree, in which both websites were subjected to website defacements and distributed denial of service attacks by each other's users.[2]

In 2011, Kaskus management announced the expansion of its business by establishing a relationship of cooperation with the investment of Global Digital Prima into Kaskus, which is a subsidiary of Djarum, as well as increasing the number of servers owned to over 250. They also plan on recruiting up to 80 new personnel. In August 2012, Kaskus had more than 4,000,000 registered accounts. On May 26, 2012, Kaskus management was forced to change their domain from .us to .co.id because of errors on the Domain Name System (DNS); a rival forum named Selapa took advantage of the DNS error, redirecting the old domain to their site.[3] In 2012, Kaskus management developed their own forum engine officially called Kaskus 2.0, called the New Kaskus by Kaskus's users. When the engine reached a beta stage, selected users used the forum with the engine, while non-selected users still used the vBulletin version. By the end of 2012, complete conversion to Kaskus 2.0 was completed. Some threads and posts could not be transferred to the new engine, so Kaskus management decided to keep them accessible through the vBulletin version of the forum (called Old Kaskus by the users).

By 2014 Kaskus had more than 25 million unique users and was a famous local site in Indonesia. On this year Kaskus also went through some changes with Ken Dean Lawadinata after his 7 years of turnaround of Kaskus from a 1-man forum site to Indonesia's leading online forum, moved up to become the new Chairman of PT Darta Media Indonesia, with Martin Hartono assuming the day-to-day operation as the new CEO. Andrew Darwis also moved from his office of CTO to become the Chief Community Officer for Kaskus.

In September 2015, the forum's trading section (Forum Jual Beli) was rocked by an scam involving a long-running escrow service (referred by its users as rekening bersama) called Blackpanda, in which both sellers and buyers lost over Rp. 500 million to escrow owner Roy Widya.[4][5] Widya was alleged to have misused the escrow funds for gambling.[6] The incident is widely cited as the decline of Kaskus' popularity.[clarification needed]

In 2016, the story of the website was adapted into a movie called Sundul Gan: The Story of Kaskus.



KasPay provides an online payment system. It was launched on November 6, 2009 on the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Kaskus at Poste, the east building, Kuningan, Jakarta. This service can be used on websites that are affiliated with KasPay. KasPay operates like e-wallet, being used as a tool for buying and selling in online transactions. KasPay's transaction is done through the transfer of money, so it is more secure and safe from credit card frauds. Transaction security is maintained with an e-mail confirmation and the keeping of records.


E-pulsa provides cellphone credits and charging facilities. Transactions on e-pulsa can only be done through KasPay.

Kaskus Ads[edit]

Kaskus Ads Service (abbreviated KAD) allows Kaskus and KasPay users to place advertisements on the Kaskus community forum for a cost.

Kaskus Radio[edit]

Kaskus Radio (commonly abbreviated as KR) is an Internet radio powered by Kaskus Network. It has more than 20 broadcasters. The radio broadcasts a variety of songs in languages such as English, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean.

Kaskus Mobile[edit]

Kaskus Mobile allows visitors to use the mobile version of Kaskus. Users can reply to and create a new topic through their mobile phone with this service. Kaskus Mobile is accessible via mobile phones. It is also possible to access the service through PC browsers by visiting Kaskus mobile site. Kaskus also provides Android and iOS apps.


"Loe-Ke-Loe" (Indonesian slang for "From you, to you") is a sub-forum where users can find and discuss specific topics, such as community, hobbies, lifestyle, and personal interests.

Cas-Cis-Cus is a sub-forum where users can freely talk about various topics, such as politics, general news, or personal experiences.

Jual Beli sub-forum allows users to purchase and sell goods and services. Goods and services sold on this sub-forum range from T-shirts to land rights.

KASKUS Corner is a sub-forum where users can get information about events and activities such as social services, gatherings, or workshops organized by KASKUS or users.

KASKUS also features a large number of regional forums for locations within Indonesia and worldwide.


  1. ^ PC Magazine Indonesia – "Best Website 2005". Archived from the original on February 12, 2006. Retrieved 2005-10-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Chandrataruna, Muhammad (2008-06-09). "Kaskus Sudah Harmonis dengan YogyaFree". Okezone (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  3. ^ Lukman, Enricko (2012-07-27). "Kaskus.us Domain Ownership Changes Hands?". Tech in Asia. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  4. ^ Panji, Aditya (2015-09-15). "Penggelapan Dana Rekber Blackpanda Kaskus Capai Rp 515 Juta". CNN Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  5. ^ Jamaludin, Fauzan (2015-09-30). "Rekber BlackPanda Kaskus bakal kembalikan dana penggunanya". Merdeka.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  6. ^ Ulul, Himawan (2015-09-14). "PENIPUAN DI KASKUS: Kaskus Heboh Rekber Blackpanda Dituding Larikan Rp500 Juta". Solopos (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-05-21.

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