‘Change passwords. Look for unusual activity on bank accounts’

Lester Kiewit interviews lawyer Pansy Tlakula, chairwoman of South Africa’s news regulator.

  • TransUnion has until April 1 to notify millions of people in South Africa that they have been compromised

  • It potentially faces fines of up to R10 million, and its CEO could possibly face a jail term of up to 10 years.

  • Regulator warns South Africans to be extremely vigilant at this time


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Hacking collective N4ughtySecTU gained access to a TransUnion SA last week, compromising the personal information such as bank details, identification numbers and credit scores of at least three million South Africans.

N4ughtySecTU is asking TransUnion for R220 million.

Hackers also gave journalists data on President Cyril Ramaphosa and EFF chief Julius Malema in a private chat room to prove they can do it.

The Personal Information Protection Act (Popia) requires all private or public bodies that have suffered a security breach to notify the South African Information Regulator and affected parties as a result of such a breach. incident.

The regulator has asked TransUnion to report the following details:

  • Date the security breach occurred

  • Cause of security compromise

  • Security Breach Investigation Details

  • Extent and materiality of the security compromise

  • Interim measures put in place to prevent the security breach from happening again

  • Security measures TransUnion has in place to prevent the security breach from happening again

Lester Kiewit interviewed lawyer Pansy Tlakula, chairwoman of South Africa’s news regulator (scroll to listen).

We don’t know if everyone has been notified… We gave them a deadline of April 1… They must comply with the law… We will check if they have reasonable security measures… Fines can be up to 10 million rand, a paltry sum considering the damage… The CEO [potentially] risk jail…

Lawyer Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson – Information Regulator of South Africa

Pay attention to the calls. Be vigilant and don’t give out any information. Change your passwords… and watch out for unusual activity on bank accounts… Don’t click on links…

Lawyer Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson – Information Regulator of South Africa

The private sector takes compliance more seriously than the public sector…

Lawyer Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson – Information Regulator of South Africa


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