Mar­ry­ing a stranger one of the risks of mas­sive data leak

Sunday Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW - Wicks — Jeff

As law-en­force­ment agen­cies probe South Africa’s big­gest yet per­sonal data leak, IT ex­perts have warned the pub­lic to be more care­ful about over-shar­ing on so­cial net­works and web­sites.

Even shar­ing your birth­day or res­i­den­tial ad­dress on so­cial me­dia could com­pro­mise safety on­line.

The warn­ing comes in the wake of a mas­sive data dump this week that af­fected mil­lions of South Africans.

About 60 mil­lion records were leaked. The data con­tains ID num­bers, mar­i­tal sta­tus, in­come, em­ploy­ment de­tails and prop­erty own­er­ship in­for­ma­tion.

Web se­cu­rity ex­pert Craig Rose­warne said crim­i­nals in the know could ap­ply for credit fraud­u­lently, steal tax-re­turn in­for­ma­tion, ob­tain med­i­cal ser­vices or even “marry you” to ex­ploit cit­i­zen ben­e­fits.

“The less you share, the safer you will be,” he said.

Hawks spokesman Hang­wani Mu­laudzi said the unit was spar­ing no ef­fort in en­forc­ing the law to the fullest ex­tent.

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