Union Bank of the Philippines said they have identified the identities of six persons of interest in the hacking incident in which the perpetrators transferred money from the accounts of some clients of BDO Unibank Inc. towards fictitious bank accounts at UnionBank.
“We’ve already identified persons of interest and we’ve already filed the necessary information with the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation). We will be providing the necessary information to them as well as to the BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), ”said UnionBank chief technology and operations officer Henry Aguda in a virtual press briefing on Wednesday.
“It’s just a handful … there’s about six individuals, right now,” he added.
Earlier, the BSP said that two to four people were behind the “Mark Nagoyo” account at Union Bank who transferred the recovered money to BDO account holders.
The culprits are said to have bought the cryptocurrencies with the stolen money.
“We are collaborating closely with BDO. In fact, we've started collaborating even over the weekend and we are pursuing the investigation of the fraudulent activities. We have already frozen the money in the identified accounts in Union Bank, ”said Aguda.
"We are coordinating with our counterparts, with BDO on how to proceed with the frozen accounts," he continued.
The BSP has formed a task force to also investigate the incident and provide them with a recommendation.
In a report on GMA News “24 Oras” on Wednesday, it appears from the investigation by the NBI-Cybercrime Division and experts of BDO and Union Bank, that up to P50 million was transferred by the hackers from more than 700 accounts in BDO. .
The money was allegedly transferred to 25 Union Bank accounts.
However, a large percentage of the money was allegedly intercepted before being released by hackers.
6 na person of interest sa bank hacking, natukoy na ng Union Bank|GMA