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GEPFThe Citizen reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is extremely concerned after the data of its administrator was hacked and released publicly by the ransomware group LockBit.

The GEPF was initially informed by its administrator, the Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA), that no data breach had occurred after an attempt was made by unknown individuals on 16 February 2024 to gain access to the GPAA systems. The GPAA later established that this was an attempt by the ransomware group LockBit. “This morning, 12 March 2024, following the release of certain GPAA data by LockBit on 11 March 2024, the GEPF has been informed by GPAA that preliminary investigations has found that certain GPAA systems were compromised,” the fund’s spokesperson Matau Molapo revealed. He went on to say: “GPAA has reconfirmed that preventative action was taken when it became aware of the attempted access to its systems, which included ‘shutting down’ all systems to isolate affected areas. GPAA further confirmed that pension payments are not affected.” The GPAA is investigating the alleged data breach and whether this impacts the GEPF. Molapo said the fund was engaging with the GPAA and the administrator’s oversight authority, the National Treasury, to establish the veracity and impact of the data breach. The GEPF said it would provide an update on the matter “in due course”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nicholas Zaal at The Citizen
  • Read too, Government pension data leaked in ransomware attack, at Fin24

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