By Nancy Carvajal
Hackers tagged in breaching the security system of BDO Unibank claimed to have received as little as P8,000 up to P50,000 for the unauthorized transactions, raising questions as to where bulk of the stolen money went.
One of the suspects said she received P40,000 for supposedly verifying accounts involved in the hack.
“I was the one who called up the depositors. I was given a script to read,” said the suspect, who claimed to have even shared her pay with a “recruiter.”
Another suspect, meanwhile, claimed to have received P50,000 for sending links to the affected depositors.
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“I replied to the email and extracted the data, then forwarded the email to another person online,” the suspect said.
“I was paid P50,000 for the email blast. I don’t even know how much was taken from the project,” the suspect added.
A Nigerian national allegedly involved in the hacking claimed to have received as little as P8,000 for obtaining the account numbers of BDO depositors from persons based overseas.
Around 700 BDO depositors lost their money in December last year through unauthorized transfers to UnionBank accounts named under a certain “Mark Nagoyo.”
One of the supposed masterminds of the hacking incident, 27-year-old Clay Revillosa, described himself as poor and without a car.
Revillosa, however, boasted to Bilyonaryo that he once earned P1.5 million for hacking into a company’s database and selling it to an undisclosed client.
National Bureau of Investigation Assistant Regional Director Vic Lorenzo said Revillosa is known as “X-Man” in the circle of hackers.
He said the NBI continues to investigate the money trail in the “Nagoyo” hacking incident.
“The loot does not stay here in the country, it’s sent abroad,’’ Lorenzo said.