The leak of a database containing the individual points of interest of a great many South Africans is considerably bigger than at first idea.
Security analyst Troy Hunt said he was alarmed to the leak of a huge database called “Ace Deeds” prior this week.
As indicated by reports, the spill originated from the fundamental web server of Jigsaw Holdings, which handles a few property brands.
The database was supposedly set on the web server without assurance, and was accessible for anybody to download.
Hunt’s first attempt to restore the database from its 27GB backup file failed after 31.6 million records.
It was estimated there could be over 45 million records in the database – this turned out to be a gross underestimation.
Following the incomplete initial attempt, Hunt has finished a full import of the database – discovering it contains 60.3 million unique South African ID numbers.
A small portion of the records in the database belong to deceased people, explaining how it contains more ID numbers than the current estimated population of South Africa.
In addition to ID numbers and deceased status, the database contained contact details, physical addresses, employer information, job titles, marital status, age group, and estimated monthly income.