Liberty Group, one of South Africa's large financial services companies, has just confirmed on social media and via messages to its customers that its IT systems have been breached.In a text message to its customers Liberty also stated that the person/s who gained "unauthorized" access to their IT systems wanted to be compensated.
Given that there's a request for compensation, it is possible that the breach could be the result of ransom ware, but without any further details at the time of publishing,
"Dear Valued Customer, Liberty regrets to inform you that it has been subjected to unauthorised access to its IT infrastructure, by an external party who requested compensation for it. Since becoming aware - we have taken immediate steps to secure our computer systems and are investigating the incident. We are giving this matter the highest priority and will keep you informed as appropriate," reads an SMS message sent to Liberty customers on 16 June 2018.
Liberty has been so far cagey regarding any further details about the breach. The financial has not been able to answer any of the specific questions posed by regarding the breach and instead told us that, "We can assure you that we have deployed extra-ordinary efforts and expertise to investigate the extent of the unauthorized access to our IT infrastructure, and will communicate to you as appropriate."
Customers have also been asking the company if their money is safe and what data was compromised. Instead, Liberty seems to be giving the standard response which can also be found on its website:
"Liberty regrets to confirm that it has been subjected to unauthorised access to its IT infrastructure. An external party claims to have seized data from us, has alerted us to potential vulnerabilities in our systems and has requested compensation for this. Since becoming aware, we have taken immediate steps to secure our computer systems. Liberty is investigating the breach and we will endeavour to keep all stakeholders fully informed as appropriate. We are working hard to rectify the situation."
17 June 2018 - South Africa's Liberty Group's IT systems have been breached and David Munro, CEO, says they learned of the breach on Thursday 14 June 2018. Link
17 June 2018 - Alleged hackers of Liberty Group's IT infrastructure have made a public statement. They say they have 40TB worth of the companies hacked data and will be releasing samples daily. Link
This is a developing story and we will update as new information is discovered and available