Macpherson: Over R300m siphoned from Public Works in cyber attacks

Macpherson: Over R300m siphoned from Public Works in cyber attacks

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Dean Macpherson says they have discovered that over R300 million has been stolen from the department in a series of cybercrime attacks.

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The theft is believed to have occurred over the last ten years.


In a statement, Macpherson says that some R24 million was taken in the latest incident in May of this year.


It prompted a forensic investigation by the Hawks, the South African Police Service, the State Security Agency and experts in the ICT and cyber security industry.

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“It has become clear that the department has been a soft target and playground for cyber criminals for over a 10-year period, and this should have been picked up a lot earlier. I felt it important to let South Africa know what has happened and what we are doing about it. 

“I cannot discount the possibility of collusion between officials and criminals in this prolonged period of theft. It is clear that we need better financial controls, which I have told the department is a matter of urgency."

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