Gigaba ‘hack’ raises questions about ministers’ phone security

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s revelation this weekend that his phone had allegedly been hacked and a compromising video of himself was leaked, has raised concerns about the security of Cabinet ministers’ digital devices.

Gigaba tweeted on Sunday: “My wife and I have learnt, with regret and sadness, that a video containing material of a sexual nature, meant for our eyes only, which was stolen when my communication got illegally intercepted/my phone hacked, in 2016/17, is circulating among certain political figures.”

The 13-second video shows Gigaba alone, engaged in a sexual act. According to his personal spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize, the minister had intended to send the video to his wife but never did so.

Three separate sources with intimate knowledge of Cabinet ministers’ phone security have told News24 that no exceptional measures are taken to secure ministers’ devices.

Their phones are procured by their respective departments and while the SAPS is responsible for their personal security, this does not apply to their communications. ..Read More..

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