The personal information of some of South Africa’s top politicians have been found inside the masterdeeds data leak which has been named the worst in the country’s history.
According to a report by TimesLive, the estimated income‚ addresses and cellphone numbers of the likes of president Jacob Zuma‚ finance minister Malusi Gigaba and police minister Fikile Mbalula have been confirmed as part of the breach.
Property company Jigsaw Holdings, which includes Aida‚ ERA and Realty-1, have confirmed that the leak originated from one of its servers, but stated that they had “absolutely no idea” as to why the information was on the server in the first place.
Aida CEO Braam de Jager said the information‚ which was available for download until Wednesday morning‚ was bought from credit bureau Dracore in 2014.
It contains, among other things, the ID numbers‚ age‚ location‚ marital status‚ occupation‚ estimated income‚ physical address and cellphone numbers of millions of South Africans.
How to check if you have been hacked
Security expert Troy Hunt has loaded all of the email addresses found in the leaked South African database onto his site Have I Been Pwned.
By typing your email address into the site’s search bar, Have I Been Pwned can ascertain whether your information has been leaked as part of the massive South African breach or similar international leaks.
However, Hunt warned that there were only 2.2 million email addresses in the database, but tens of millions of actual identities in the source database.
“This South African data breach is one of the worst I’ve ever seen on many levels,” he said.
“The data included extensive personal attributes such as names, addresses, ethnicities, genders, birth dates, government-issued personal identification numbers, and 2.2 million email addresses.”