In yet another telling display of the state of the police service in South Africa, the SAPS had their website hacked resulting in the names and personal details of thousands of whistleblowers and people who provided tip-offs now being exposed to the public. The identify of 16 000 South Africans who reported a crime or blew the whistle on criminal activity is now publically available.
The list of names (including contact numbers, email addresses and ID numbers) was taken from the SAPS website and posted on another secure site that is publically accessible.
Anonymous? Not so much.
“Hundreds of whistle blowers have had their private details exposed after the SAPS (South African Police Service) website was hacked.
On Friday, hackers used what is called a ‘data dump’ where all the information from the site was taken and placed on a publicly accessible website.
In so doing, the identities of nearly 16,000 South Africans, who lodged a complaint with police on their website, provided tip-offs or reported crimes, are now publicly available.” [read the rest at eNCA]
The hack was posted on Twitter by @DomainerAnon.
Why are those details kept on the SAPS website in the first place?!