If you’ve spoken to a debt collector, a record can be online – with details on what you owe

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  • Personal data of 1.4 million South Africans – including details of outstanding debt – leaked online.
  • The cache also contains records of collection agent calls.
  • Debt-IN, the company from which the data was stolen, says it’s trying to get it deleted, but it’s complicated.
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If you know exactly where to look, you can now find the personal information of 1.4 million South Africans online, including details such as employer and salary date, as well as ID number and data. contact details.

The data cache also includes details of how much money these people owed, how much they repaid, and “voice recordings of calls between Debt-IN debt collectors and financial service clients.” indicates the company from which the information was stolen.

Debt-IN was breached in April, but was not discovered until September, when a partner discovered the information online in what he described in a statement as a highly targeted ‘sweep’ of data published on a website. [sic] hidden collection of websites accessible only by specialized browsers, “more commonly known as the dark web.

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He was “able to definitively confirm that the data was the personal information of some 1.4 million consumers as of September 17, 2021,” Debt-IN said Wednesday.

Debt-IN did not provide details on how it was looted, beyond references to a “ransomware attack”, or who was responsible for it, beyond general references to “highly sophisticated cybercriminals and to their agents “.

Getting the data dump deleted is a “very complex challenge,” the company said, and it cannot speak of an effort to do so “given the very sensitive nature of the matter.”

Debt-IN is a 13-year-old Durban-based company that says it works with “retail, private and public sector clients” to take on bad debt.

Also on Wednesday, African Bank said it had contacted its customers affected by the breach.

Debt-IN referred clients to the email address [email protected] or the toll free number 0800 079 661.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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