South Africa’s State Security Agency confirmed that State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and her deputy Zizi Kodwa’s cell phones were cloned.
According to EWN, it is still unclear who cloned the phones and how they managed to do this.
The department has reported the incidents to the police, who have confirmed an investigation is underway.
The Minister and her deputy realised the phones were cloned when people received texts from the deputy minister which he did not send.
“The information we have is that the operation is happening around Johannesburg, hence the matter was reported to general [Elias] Mawela,” said SSA spokesperson Mava Scott told MyBroadband.
“He assured us that he assigned the matter to his top investigators. We just have to allow the investigation to go on.”
The concern is that there may have been sensitive information on these phones which is now in the hands of unknown persons.
This is another security breach in the State Security Agency, after classified documents, an undisclosed amount of money from the agency’s safe, and several CCTV cameras, were stolen from this month.