Suspected labour department server hacker arrested

Sandton – A labour department employee has been arrested in connection with a cyber-attack in which one of the Department of Employment and Labour’s servers was hacked.

 Department spokesperson Teboho Thejane said the employee, who was arrested on Friday, was stationed at the Sandton labour centre. “A criminal case has been opened and further investigations are underway,” he said.

 Thejane explained that the Compensation Fund’s Anti-Corruption & Integrity management team had been alerted about the cyber-attack on Tuesday.

  “The hacker hacked more than 300 employees, which resulted in their logon details being compromised for malicious purpose. The Compensation Fund cyber-crime team attended to the incident and were able to identify one of the employees. On Friday they arrested an employee who was stationed at the Sandton Labour Centre,” Thejane said.

  The police were accompanied by the fund’s Anti-Corruption team during the arrest.

  Thejane said the fund is committed to curb fraud and corruption, and ensure that every person caught committing such an act to prejudice the fund or department is brought to book. “The department is committed to zero tolerance against fraud and corruption,” he said.

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