South Africa data breach may be biggest in history of that country

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Experts in South Africa are investigating an information breach which has seen the individual accounts of more than 30 million citizens spilled on the web – putting them in danger of data fraud.

The data contained in a 27GB file was found by Australia-based web security master Troy Hunt prior this week.

It contains their names, full identity numbers, wage, sexual orientation, job history, contact numbers and even places of residence.

South Africa’s populace is around 54 million, so the greater part of the nation is influenced by what has been portrayed as the nation’s worst leak of private information.

The nation’s State Security Agency (SSA) would not be drawn into talking about the ramifications of such a data breach and whether it could debilitate security.

“We are looking in to the issue. There is an examination. We are clearly extremely concerned,” said SSA representative Brian Dube.

“It’s vital to us to get to the base of this, perceive how it happened and do whatever we need to do, to manage it,” he said.

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