Secret police info leaked online: state hacks back

2013-05-26 06:00

South Africa’s government is hacking back – it’s brought in its own crack team of hackers to protect vulnerable IT systems that were exposed by a massive security breach on the police’s website this week. In possibly the biggest cyberattack against government, the names, numbers and addresses of thousands of crime whistle-blowers were published on the internet.

Among the whistle-blowers was a Northern Cape woman who tipped off police about a serious ­attack on a relative, naming the suspect.

In the same week, following a ­tip-off, City Press alerted the City of Johannesburg to a serious security hole in a key online database, which exposed thousands of ratepayers’ personal and account ­information to prying eyes.

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