Experian South Africa Suffers a large Data Breach Affecting Millions

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The South African largest credit check company Experian yesterday announced a data breach incident that exposed personal information of millions of its customers.

While Experian itself didn’t mention the number of affect customers, in a report, the South African Banking Risk Information Centre—an anti-fraud and banking non-profit organization who worked with Experian to investigate the breach—disclosed that the attacker had reportedly stolen data of 24 million South Africans and 793,749 business entities.

Notably, according to the company, the suspected attacker behind this breach had already been identified, and the stolen data of its customers had successfully been deleted from his/her computing devices.

“We have identified the suspect and confirm that Experian South Africa was successful in obtaining and executing an Anton Piller order which resulted in the individual’s hardware being impounded and the misappropriated data being secured and deleted.”

Experian South Africa has already reported the breach to law enforcement and the appropriate regulatory authorities.


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