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SABC TV licence website hacked

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After being hacked, the SABC are currently warning visitors not to leave their personal details on their TV licence website. 

The website has been redirecting visitors to phishing websites and the broadcaster said it is attempting to deal with it. 

"This problem has been prioritised and being dealt with the urgency it deserves by the Corporation’s Media and Technology Infrastructure division," the SABC said in a statement.

The TV licence website is meant to be the portal through which licence holders can pay their bills and those without a licence can sign up for one. 

The hack appears to have stemmed from a pop-up which appears to be legitimate. When the pop-up is active, clicking anywhere on the licence site will send the user to a phishing website which attempts to get the user to input their private information. 

However, the pop-up does not always appear and when it is not present, the site behaves as it normally would. 

Keeping safe on legitimate websites 

This example proves that even legitimate websites can become a problem for a user who is not paying attention. Despite being one that could usually be trusted, users can be fooled into going onto suspect sites. 

Here are some things to keep in mind when using the internet

  • Never input your personal details unless you are certain you know where they are going 
  • If a page you're on redirects elsewhere when you weren't expecting it, be suspicious 
  • Be cautious of pop-up adverts 
  • Never enter competitions if they require a lot of details from you
  • Always be skeptical
Leila Stein

Leila Stein is an experienced multimedia journalist and content producer with a special interest in data journalism. she is skilled in news writing, editing, online writing and multimedia content production and have a Bachelor of Journalism  from Rhodes University and an Honours in Historical Studies from University of Cape Town.