NBI summons 30 persons over BDO hacking

January 30, 2022 Hector Lawas 129 views

THE National Bureau of Investigation said it will summon at least 30 more individuals in connection with the hacking of hundreds of BDO accounts last December.

NBI Officer-In-Charge Eric Distor said the names of these individuals have popped out during the continuing investigation into the alleged bank hackings.

However, Distordid not give more details as this might jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, NBI Deputy Director for Forensic Investigation Service and concurrent bureau spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin confirmed that the NBI-Cybercrime Division will investigate the alleged hacking of Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) accounts.

“Our agents from the Cyber Crime Division are now coordinating with the LBP Representatives for their initial investigation. Although in their statement, they clarified that there was no hacking that took place and their systems remain to be secured,” Lavin said.

Several teachers lost their hard-earned money from their Landbank accounts due to an alleged phishing scam.

The money lost mostly came from teachers’ regular salary, holiday bonuses, and lifetime savings.

Just recently, the Department of Justice recommended the indictment of four persons following their alleged involvement in the hacking of hundreds of BDO Unibank Inc. accounts last December.

Facing charges for violation of Republic Act No. 8484 or the “Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998” and Republic Act No. 10175 or the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012” are Nigerian national Ifesinachi Fountain Anaekwe, Jherom Anthony Taupa, Ronelyn Panaligan alias “Luka Hanabi,” and Clay Revillosa alias “X-men.”

Similar charges were also filed against fifth respondent Chukwuemeka Peter Nwadi, who will be subjected to another round of investigation at the Department of Justice.

The DOJ said a motion for issuance of Hold Departure Order will be filed against Anaekwe and a motion for issuance of Precautionary Hold Departure Order against Nwadi.

The online fraud — which happened amid the Christmas shopping season last year — affected close to 700 clients of BDO.

Some BDO clients reported that their money was illegally transferred to a UnionBank account under the name “Mark Nagoyo” and were used to buy cryptocurrency.

The Philippines’ largest bank in total asset terms is now processing the reimbursements of compromised accounts.