Biggest security stories in South Africa in 2017

There were several large data leaks and hacks in South Africa in 2017, the biggest of which was the leak of the personal information of nearly every South African.

Private data such as addresses, monthly salary, ID numbers, and full names were exposed in a database containing 75 million records.

Dubbed the “master deeds leak”, the data was uploaded to the public webserver of Jigsaw Holdings in Hetzner’s data centre.

A 27.2GB database backup file was left unprotected on the server, and security researchers also discovered that the live database was accessible from the Internet with login credentials readily available in Google.

While the backup file contained the data of 66 million people, including 12.5 million children, the live database exposed over 75 million records with unique ID numbers.

The master deeds leak was joined by several major local security events in 2017, which included:

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Biggest security stories in South Africa in 2017