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More Than 30 Million South Africans’ Personal Info Published to Public Internet

Misplaced data

A database of more than 30 million South Africans’ personal information was published online, though who owns it isn’t clear, according to a security researcher.

Troy Hunt, who operates breach notification website Have I Been Pwned?, was sent the data and thought it could be a government database or perhaps a commercial entity like a credit bureau, according to a Tech Central report.

The database exposed government-issued ID numbers (like Social Security numbers), names, genders, marital status, incomes, employment details and property ownership information, International Business Times reported. The database, which includes information on living and deceased South Africans, appears to have been uploaded in April 2015.

sector

Other

reported

October 18, 2017

reported by

International Business Times

number affected

30 million

location of breach

South Africa

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

International Business Time

date breach detected

2017/10