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SAPS website hacked – names of thousands of whistleblowers now public
Posted by on May 22nd, 2013

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.

SAPS website hacked

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?!

Bonguyise says:
May 05, 2013 at 8:50 am

This Doings Jeorpatise Peoples Lives n If Policy So Keen To Work With Citizens But Failing To Protect Their Identities Then We Might As Well Forget o Lose Hope To Our Force, This Is Outrageous

LittleBirdie says:
May 05, 2013 at 8:50 am

Domainer V2 not DomainerAnon.

check out the original article on

Anyway see most of the sensitive posts the poster did not provide his contact detials or it was deleted. did see a woman with full info reporting a corrupt police woman named Helen ctrl + f to find it. Then some drug dealers was named. For example a woman complained that she was raped and that the police came to the front desk of her job asking to speak to the woman that was raped…no info was provided by her fortunately.

It also contained 35 police login names and password according to the article.

Only thing I’m wondering is how many police personnel had access to it.

To be honest about 99% of the posts was not of a sensitive nature and providing the info would not have jeopardized the poster.

May 05, 2013 at 8:50 am

Firstly, I NEVER knew that saps even had a website.

The hack is in very poor taste as people (some who don’t know computers that well) assumed that when they used the saps website their confidential information would remain confidential.

Alas, now the information has been leaked…and the information is in the wrong hands.

I’m disgusted that saps didn’t implement better computer security on a platform that should have been safe.

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