Data leak exposes names, ID numbers, and plain-text passwords of South Africans

system32

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The information contained in this leak includes Names, ID numbers, e-mail addresses, and passwords stored in plain text from close to 1 million South African citizens.

“If you have ever registered on any system online that allows you to receive notifications and pay for traffic fines, it is best you go change your password,” he said.
Password changed, now how do I change my Name & ID number so that information can't be used to open a fraudulent account?
 

Flywheel

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Password changed, now how do I change my Name & ID number so that information can't be used to open a fraudulent account?

Go to Home affairs and they can change it for you. You'll need ID of parents and your own ID doc as well.
 

3WA

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Well, sh**. Let's hope my security through obscurity defence holds firm.
 

eg2505

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Cr@p more leaks, is IT security handled by complete mor0ns in SA?
 

Creag

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The October 2017 data leak contained the ID numbers, contact details, addresses, and income estimates of 60 million South Africans, which include deceased citizens.

60 million South Africans earn an income? :wtf:

Whoever is responsible for the porous IT security for this leak ought to be drawn and quartered -- and then fed to Spotted Hyenas.

I doubt that even the threat of POPI will force them to improve security & protection of personal information :erm:
 

MoHaG

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My email address given to PayCity does not show as compromised...

So it is probably someone else... Anyone have a catch all setup and registered on more than one of the fine sites?
 

supersunbird

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My email address given to PayCity does not show as compromised...

So it is probably someone else... Anyone have a catch all setup and registered on more than one of the fine sites?

Yes, just like I said, probably the other website...
 

eg2505

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so whats the point of using your real email address on any of these sites then?

should I just use the + prefix in front of my email address on gmail and it will identify who used my mail address?
 

Werfetter

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Cr@p more leaks, is IT security handled by complete mor0ns in SA?

Nope I disagree, IT security is not handled by ANYONE in SA. It simply is not considered by most places until it is too late...
 

Newsfeed

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Mohapi and Hunt have now published the list of compromised accounts on Have I Been Pwned, allowing users to check if they are affected.

Checking if your account has been compromised can be done by navigating to the Have I Been Pwned website and entering your email address into the required field.
 
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