Parliament condemns Postbank cyberheist
Cape Town - Parliament’s communications portfolio committee condemned the theft of R42m from SA Post Office financial institution Postbank on Monday.
Portfolio chairperson Eric Kholwane said the bank's security network needed to be tightened to prevent such a "hi-tech cyberheist".
He appreciated the discovery of the theft and welcomed an investigation by the National Intelligence Agency and the police.
A cybercrime syndicate believed to have knowledge of the post office's information technology system apparently stole the money between January 1 and 3.
According to the Sunday Times newspaper, the syndicate opened several Postbank accounts across the country late last year. During the New Year holiday period, the thieves gained access to a Rustenburg post office employee's computer and made deposits from other accounts into their own.
Over the next three days, automated teller machines in Gauteng, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal were used to withdraw cash from the accounts.
Postbank currently holds over R4bn in deposits, and processes millions of rands in social grants throughout the year.
According to the newspaper, the theft comes three years after the bank spent over R15m to upgrade its fraud-detection service.