“South African companies susceptible to cyberattacks”: 3.6 million Dis-Chem customers affected

Mandy Weiner interviews Dan Thornton, co-founder and CEO of GoldPhish, a global cybersecurity awareness training platform.

Pharmacy retailer Dis-Chem has confirmed an investigation into a personal data breach of 3.6 million people.

In a statement posted Thursday on the company’s website, she confirms that: “No identification numbers, medical, financial or banking information was contained in this database.” However, the incident revealed details of the first and last names and email addresses of more than 3.6 million Dis-Chem customers.

The merchant, who was made aware of the breach on May 1, launched an investigation into unauthorized third-party access, which occurred in early April 2022.

Almost a year later, Transet, the South African state logistics organization, suffered a cyberattack that forced it to halt operations and immediately waive its contractual obligations on July 22, 2021.

The Midday Report with Mandy Weiner interviews Dan Thornton, co-founder and CEO of GoldPhish, a global cybersecurity awareness training platform, about the Dis-Chem cyberattack.

Thornton says this is an ongoing trend that South African businesses should expect to see in the future.

He adds that due to the pandemic, businesses have shifted to conducting operations online, which makes them more vulnerable to more cyberattacks.

Data breach can also damage the reputation of companies if consumers cannot trust them to protect their personal information.

Listen to the audio to learn more.


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