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Las Pinas self-proclaimed international hacker nabbed for credit card fraud, link to drug trade

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested a self-proclaimed international hacker for credit card fraud and his involvement in illegal drugs trade in Las Piñas.

NBI’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Division (NBI-AIDD) nabbed Edgar D. Silvano Jr. alias Boy Tattoo last Wednesday in a raid conducted at Unit 404 Hanalie Building Ohana Place Residence, Barangay  Almanza Uno in Las Piñas.

NBI-AIDD chief Joel Tovera said their search warrant was for drugs but when they conducted the raid, they discovered that Silvano was also involved in credit card fraud.

The search yielded two transparent bags and assorted paraphernalias. However, examination results showed that only the two plastic tooters and two improvised glass pipes tested positive for shabu.

Aside from the drug paraphernalia, the NBI also seized hundreds of credit cards with different names, bank books, several laptops, computers and skimming device used to steal a card’s information. An NBI video of the arrest showed the discovery of several HSBC, Metrobank, Bank of the Philippine Islands, American Express, Banco de Oro credit cards, among others, inside Silvano’s unit.

When questioned about the cards, Silvano said in the video: “I want to see the expiry date… I want to know how to crack it.”

He is stealing information using a skimming device and then he would print the stolen information onto blank cards,” Lavin said.

Tovera said the NBI was checking if Silvano had also hacked into online shopping web sites to get their clients’ data.
The convict’s laptops and other gadgets are being subjected to forensic examination by the NBI cybercrime division, Lavin said.

The NBI said Silvano was a member of an underground group called “Oneball.” After leaving the group, he established his own IRC Channel “#.ph” in DalNet.server.

He was convicted in HongKong of hacking confidential data of HSBC Bank but was allowed to go on probation.
Tovera said they are already coordinating with their counterparts in Hong Kong to get the details of Silvano’s previous case. RAM/rga

source: inquirer.net

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