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Huge SA data breach raises identity theft concerns

Australian security developer Troy Hunt says the 23 gigabytes of data contains significant details, including the ID numbers of 33 million South Africans.

Picture: pixabay.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The data breach involving the personal details of an estimated 33 million South Africans has raised concerns over its use for identity theft and other criminal activity.

An Australian-based security developer made the discovery on Tuesday but the database might have been online for as long as two years.

Australian security developer Troy Hunt says the 23 gigabytes of data contains significant details, including South Africans’ 13-digit ID numbers.

“It’s a huge amount of personal information which is used for purposes very often identity verification.”

An IP address linked to the unsecured server has been traced to a company in Midrand, but the staff there accuse another Gauteng company of being responsible for the breach.

BLAME GAME

Eyewitness News has spoken to managers at two companies. Both of them accuse each other of being responsible for the unsecured server which hosts the sensitive records.

While an IP address clearly links one of the parties, the firm claims the data is not theirs and a website was maliciously registered on their server.

It’s understood the State Security Agency is investigating the matter.

While the location of the server has been identified, it remains online.

Click here to check if your information was leaked.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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