The Hawks’ Serious Commercial crime Investigation arrested a 36 years old suspect this morning in Gauteng following investigation into the data breach at Epxerian in August 2020.
It is alleged that Experian entered into a contract with the suspect who purported to be a certain Tebogo Mogashoa, a director of Talis Holdings. The agreement gave the person access to the personal information held by the credit bureau of millions of people. The suspect then proceeded to download approximately 23 million personal data records and 727000 business records. The suspect then attempted to sell these records at about R4.2 million.
Consequent to his arrest, the suspect is expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrates court today, 15 September 2021 on charges of fraud and the contravention of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.