The data breach involving the personal details of an estimated 33 million South Africans has raised concerns over its use for identity theft and other criminal activity.
An Australian-based security developer made the discovery on Tuesday but the database might have been online for as long as two years.
Australian security developer Troy Hunt says the 23 gigabytes of data contains significant details, including South Africans’ 13-digit ID numbers.
“It’s a huge amount of personal information which is used for purposes very often identity verification.”
An IP address linked to the unsecured server has been traced to a company in Midrand but the staff there accuse another company of being responsible for the breach.
While the location of the server has been identified, it remains online.
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