In the last week 11 of the online websites owned and managed by The Notebook Company, the Pretoria-based laptop and accessories retailer, were hacked.
This has been revealed by the company’s CEO, Christopher Riley, who said all 11 sites were “back up and running” within three hours. “In the 1990s we had break-ins and armed robberies – but now we have cyber crime.
“When thinking of your banking: bear in mind that two passwords – totaling under 20 characters – protects you from losing millions of Rands within five minutes.”
He said even if a person only has R1, 000,000 available in a bond account, the money can be transferred from there to a transactional account, and paid to 10 “other” accounts.
“And the money can be gone in five minutes – all the hacker has to have is two of your passwords and he is in. It is a growing problem.”
Riley did not divulge if any data was compromised.
Some of the web-sites hacked include:
laptop.co.za, laptopcharger.co.za,notebookbattery.co.za, repairlaptop.co.za and laptops.co.za