Experian South Africa said it had identified the suspect in the data breach reported on Wednesday and confirmed that was successful in obtaining and executing an Anton Piller order which resulted in the individual’s hardware being impounded and the misappropriated data being secured and deleted.
Experian, a consumer credit reporting company, said on Wednesday (19 August) that it experienced a breach of data which has exposed some personal information of as many as 24 million South Africans, and 793,749 business entities, to a suspected fraudster.
The breach has been reported to authorities, and South African banks have been working with Experian and South African Banking Risk Centre (Sabric) to identify which of their customers may have been exposed to the breach and to protect their personal information, even as the investigation unfolds.
"Our investigations indicate that an individual in South Africa, purporting to represent a legitimate client, fraudulently requested services from Experian," the company said in a statement.
"The services involved the release of information which is provided in the ordinary course of business or which is publicly available."
"We can confirm that no consumer credit or consumer financial information was obtained. Our investigations do not indicate that any misappropriated data has been used for fraudulent purposes."
"As a precaution, we advise anyone who may have concerns to regularly check their credit report. You can do this by visiting www.mycreditcheck.co.za where you can access your personal credit report for free, for life."
Experian added that its investigations show that the suspect had intended to use the data to create marketing leads to offer insurance and credit-related services.