Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

There have been concerns raised over what is being described as South Africa's biggest hack ever where as many as thirty million identity numbers and other financial and personal information belonging to South Africans may have become compromised.

The information has been hacked and leaked on the Internet and includes sensitive information such as the thirteen digit ID number, personal income, age, race, marital status, addresses, employers and more.

Andrew Fraser, Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space, says this sort of things appears to be more serious than a hack and suspects the information was leaked owing to negligence.

This looks like a leak. It looks like just plain negligence.

Andrew Fraser, Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space

The details are still a little bit sketchy but it looks like its been identified to be a database that was hosted by a real estate company as a service to estate agents to check credit worthiness or get details on potential clients but it looks like it wasn't secured properly.

Andrew Fraser, Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space

Fraser says he is unable to determine how long the information has been 'leaked'. For the last day or so, South African researching have been working to figure out where it comes and what the data is says Fraser.

This information is valuable to identity thieves, he says.

This information is in the wild now and there's nothing they can do. People should be careful in terms of transactions and dealing with banks.

Andrew Fraser, Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space

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