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CAPE TOWN - Local developer Gerd Naschenweng and Troy Hunt have run an analysis of the data that made its way onto a public facing server and discovered around 60 million records.

Another major discovery has been made, which is that 12.4 million of those records are minors.

The records of children and teenagers account for 29% of the data set.

Naschenweng has said that the Department of Home Affairs has agreements within the financial sector for purposes of identity verification and fraud prevention. 

The department has said that  it is investigating the matter and would provide a comprehensive response. 

However, There are millions of South Africans that could potentially have their identities stolen. 

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- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE