DA MP says unverified reports allege that Snatch group hacked into dept’s systems
Has the Department of Defence been a victim of a ransomware attack?
25 August 2023
The Minister of Defence and and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise, should urgently provide clarity on unconfirmed reports claiming that the Department of Defence (DoD), possibly including Armscor, has been a victim of ransomware attack which has compromised sensitive military data, potentially placing the country’s national security at severe risk.
These unverified reports allege that a ransomware group called Snatch hacked into the DoD systems and extracted 1.6TB of data which allegedly contains military contracts, internal call signs, and personal information. The motive for this alleged attack is not clear, other than the fact that the ransom attackers are accusing the South African government of fuelling the “”international illegal arms trade”.
Modise should make a public statement, either declining or confirming the veracity of the alleged ransomware attack. If indeed it is confirmed that an attack did take place, we need to know:
When the attack took place?