South Africa Regulator’s Website Back up after Attempted Database Hack

South Africa regulator’s website back up after attempted database hack. After the scare of a database hack on South Africa regulator’s website, the platform is now back up and running, operating fully.

South Africa Regulator’s Website Attempted Database Hack

South Africa Regulator’s Website Attempted Database Hack

Last week, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), responsible for business registrations and rights protection in South Africa, disclosed a near-miss security breach that potentially compromised the personal information of clients and employees.

In response, the CIPC swiftly initiated extensive technical maintenance, temporarily suspending its IT systems to address urgent security fixes.

The Maintenance Has Been Successfully Completed

The good news? The maintenance has been successfully completed. The CIPC’s website was restored and operational by 8 a.m. SAST yesterday, following its shutdown at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The disruption affected various services, including the call center, website, and self-help service center.

Cyber Threats Challenge in South Africa

In an official statement, the CIPC acknowledged that cyber threats are a shared challenge in South Africa and affirmed its commitment to addressing them seriously. Collaborating with law enforcement agencies, including the police, State Security Agency, and Information Regulator, the commission is actively pursuing the perpetrators behind the attack.

Furthermore, the CIPC assured compliance with privacy regulations by promptly notifying relevant authorities and affected parties.

What It Means To Breach Any Organization’s Security

The commission reiterated that breaching any organization’s security constitutes a criminal offense, and perpetrators must be held accountable accordingly.

The Hackers’ Ransom Demand

Regarding the hackers’ ransom demand, which stands at $100,000 in Bitcoin, the identity of the culprits remains unknown. Their ultimatum to disclose acquired information underscores the seriousness of the situation. Potential data compromised could encompass company registration details, financial records, and director identification numbers, raising significant concerns about privacy and confidentiality.



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