City of Joburg brings criminal case against “hacker”

The City of Johannesburg has brought a criminal case against the person who hacked into its billing system last week, it said on Monday.

It laid the charge at the Hillbrow police station in Johannesburg, said spokesman Gabu Tugwana. The police could not confirm whether a case had been opened.

“Criminal acts of this nature will not go unpunished and the city intends to send out a strong message that a deliberate and malicious breach of this nature will not be tolerated,” said Tugwana.

He declined to reveal the hacker’s identity, but said they were not a member of the city’s staff.

“We would like to reassure all residents that the necessary legal and technical steps are being taken to prevent similar incidents in future.

“Our residents’ confidential information is safe and secure,” Tugwana said.

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