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Cyberattack Hits Another South African Regulator

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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The South African International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) has been affected by the latest cyberattacks by hackers.


The cyberattack on the commission happened in January 2024. It led to the exposure of the personal information of stakeholders.

ITAC Hacked By Cybercriminals

ITAC is dedicated to facilitating fair trade in South Africa to enhance economic growth and development. An internet attack on the commission might hinder its function and, consequently, cause damage to the economy. 

Ayabonga Cawe, chief commissioner at ITAC, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to notify our stakeholders of a security compromise experienced by the trade regulator, ITAC.”

He continued in a social media post, “Cyberattacks of this sort are, unfortunately, an increasingly challenging part of the terrain. Also a challenge within the environment within which we operate. We remain committed to improving the security environment of ITAC to ensure the personal information of our stakeholders remains secure. Additionally, we will continue working with the Information Regulator in this regard.”

ITAC is Not The Only Government Organization Attacked

Recently, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) announced an “attempted security breach” that exposed the personal information of employees and clients. Also, the South African Government Employees Pension Fund was recently targeted by cybercriminals.

This reveals that the cybercriminals involved are particularly targeting South African government organizations. 

South African Government Takes Precautions Against Cyberattack.

According to iWeb, the Information Regulator, headed by Tlakula, is mandated to ensure organizations put in place safety measures. These measures protect the data privacy of South Africans in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

Under this Act, organizations must inform the Information Regulator of its activities. Especially if or when they expose the personal information of individuals to unauthorized third parties without their approval.

The Act sets down firm structures that companies have to abide by to avoid fines. Additionally, the structure prevents criminal prosecution and potential reputational loss. Also, perpetrators can face R10 million in fines or 10 years of imprisonment. This punishment depends on the level of the breach.

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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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