Why GDPR probably doesn’t apply to the Liberty data breach

Liberty Group (“Liberty”) released a communication on 18 June 2018, advising that “it has been subjected to illegal and unauthorised access to its IT infrastructure”. The data that was the subject of the breach seemed to be “largely emails and possibly attachments.” GDPR background About 3 weeks before that, on…

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South Africa's Presidency website defaced by Black TeamX

Earlier on Saturday, 7 July 2018, the website of "The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa" was defaced by a group calling themselves the "Black TeamX." When contacted, The Presidency's spokesperson, Khusela Diko, confirmed that there had been "interference" with the website. "…

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The human factor of cyber crime

Cyber crime is rampant in South Africa. In a 2017 report, Gartner predicted that cybercrime might become the greatest threat to every person, place, and thing in the world within the next five years. The recent data breach at Liberty is testament to this. Last week, the company had reported…

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Holding Liberty accountable

Liberty claims that it is in control of its technology and data infrastructure after a massive data breach but the fact that hackers could extract data undetected is alarming. Cyber criminals are now claiming a ransom to not release the information of Liberty’s top clients and this news has…

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Alleged Liberty Group hackers make public statement

Barely a couple of hours after David Munro, Chief Executive at Liberty Group, held a media briefing and answered questions relating to the breach of their IT infrastructure, a person/s claiming to have been responsible for the breach have made a public statement. The statement, posted publicly and seen…

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Liberty Group statement on IT systems breach

Liberty regrets to confirm that it has been subject to illegal and unauthorized access to its IT infrastructure. An external party has taken data from us and demanded payment. Liberty was alerted of the intrusion into its network late on Thursday evening. Liberty specialist teams immediately began investigating the incident,…

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