Data breach at Experian, 24 million South Africans’ personal information exposed

Sizwe Dlamini reports:

Consumer, business and credit information services agency Experian has experienced a breach of data which has exposed personal information of as many as 24 million South Africans and 793,749 business entities to a suspected fraudster.

Experian confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that the breach had been reported to law enforcement and the appropriate regulatory authorities.

It said banks had been working with Experian and South African Banking Risk Centre (SABRIC) to identify which of their customers might have been exposed to the breach and to protect their personal information, even as the investigation unfolds.

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Experian said no consumer credit or financial information was obtained and that the suspect had planned to use the information to offer insurance and credit-related services.

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