The DA will write to the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, requesting urgent clarification on what measures have been taken to protect the integrity of information held by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) following a cyber-attack on its website.
A hacker, succeeded in breaching the PIC’s online security systems early this Sunday, disabling the website and potentially gaining unauthorized access to the organization’s private information.
The following message appeared on the website: “Hacked By J4r; Gov’s Attacker !Moroccan Haxor;Contact me : firstname.lastname@example.org || Facebook”
The PIC is a government investment fund with over R1 trillion in assets under management, is a key driver for investment within the South African economy and is also responsible for managing funds acquired from public servants through the South African Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF).
Urgent clarification must be given on –
What steps were previously taken to secure the integrity of the website;
What steps are to be taken to prevent similar attacks; and
What information was acquired by the intruder(s) during the cyber-attack.
This is a serious breach of the organisation’s cyber-security protocols and potentially compromises information on the investor’s operations and the private information of millions of South Africans.
The DA will monitor the situation closely as it develops.