Due to a major data breach at the Department of Justice, South Africa, the data of 1.4 million as the hackers demanded a handsome amount of ransom from the Department of Justice.
Reportedly, the breach came into the news only earlier this month but according to officials, it had taken place back in April. Debt-IN offerings give debt recuperation answers to many South African economic offerings institutions.
According to the reports by IOL, the breach was discovered only when the information of confidential customers including call and voice recordings between Debt-IN debt recovery agents and financial services customers were posted on hidden internet sites that for the fact were only accessible by the specialized web browsers.
CEO Mark Essey said in a statement“In this age of highly sophisticated information security threats and an estimated 17 billion cyberattacks around the world every day, Debt-IN is committed to doing all it can to protect clients’ information. We reiterate that we view this attack as the act of malicious cybercriminals. From the time this data breach was detected, our guiding principle has been to put our clients first, and we will continue to do so,” he added. (IOL)
The breach has been reported as cybercrime and it has been reported further to the higher authorities on September 10, and also to the CEO of the Information Regulator, Mosalanyane Mosala.
As per Dalene Deale, the head of online security company Secure Citizen, cybercrimes have been increasing by leaps and bounds from the past few months and will keep on increasing if the companies won’t start taking things seriously. According to her, the attackers and fraudsters just need the chance to carry out the malicious activity and will go for it the moment they will see an opportunity.