In what was considered to be SA’s biggest data breach, about 30-million identity numbers and other personal and financial information had been hacked and leaked on the internet, a data security researcher said on Tuesday. The data dump of about 27 gigabytes contained a wide range of sensitive information, including people’s 13-digit ID numbers, personal income, age, employment history, company directorships, race group, marital status, occupation, employer and previous addresses. The data breach was uncovered by Troy Hunt, a Microsoft regional director and a Microsoft most valuable professional for developer security. The researcher had founded the website, which alerts registered users if their details have been compromised in corporate or website hacks. Earlier in 2017 it exposed SA’s latest major data breach after  Ster-Kinekor’s website was hacked in 2016, exposing more than 6-million accounts including 1.6-million unique e-mail addresses. Hunt posted some of ...

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