Firstbank account easiest to hack, suspect Yahaya Zakari reveals amid shakeup in the bank, ENigeria reports.
I prefer First Bank and Access Bank because they are easy to reset, Yahaya Zakari said.
Another management crisis hit Firstbank upon Adeduntan return as MD.
Yahaya Zakari, 46, a suspected internet kingpin known as “His Excellency,” has been detained for attacking and collecting Sim cards from innocent individuals, breaking into their privacy, and stealing their bank IDs and money.
Zakari, a Plateau State native who was apprehended in Abuja’s Mabushi neighborhood with three of his gang members, informed reporters that he particularly targets First Bank users because of the vulnerability of the bank’s platform; in his words “Firsbank platform is easy to reset.”
ENigeria Newspaper recalls that this is not the first time FirstBank platform has been hijacked by hackers. During #Endsars protest, Anonymous, an online network known for launching cyberattacks against government institution, hacked Firsbank website.
In a series of tweets, Anonymous confirmed bringing down Firsbank website, alleging that the bank fraudulently deducted money from the account of customers who are in support of the #Endsars campaign.
ENigeria Newspaper understands that Yahaya Zakari who alongside his cyber crew have been operating in Plateau, Kano, and Abuja for the past two years were paraded in Abuja on Monday by the Force Spokesperson, CP Frank Mba.
“Yahaya Zakari controls various gangs of cyber crews whose stock in trade is to attack unsuspecting Nigerians by collecting their Sim cards, breaking into their privacy, stealing their banks’ IDs, and stealing money from their accounts,” CP Frank Mba stated.
“Their strategy is to buy MTN lines in bulk and activate them by selecting abandoned phone numbers at random to obtain people’s account information.
Second, they use gangs to target innocent civilians and physically seize their phones in search of Sim cards so that they may play about with it and get a link to their account.”
He asked Nigerians to keep a close eye on their phones at all times. “Don’t allow your number fly into odd hands,” he said. “Go back to your service providers and do everything necessary to reclaim your lines and reactivate them to avoid letting them into the wrong hands.”
“Again, as soon as your phone is stolen, contact your bank, particularly if you conduct online banking, to have your bank take the required steps to guarantee that these cyber fraudsters do not utilize your phone to access your account and steal your money,” Mba said.
“I was caught last month at Mabushi in Abuja, and I used to reset any Sim that had been receiving bank alerts, and I used to set it and withdraw the money that was in their bank accounts,” Yahaya told reporters.
“I’ll check it through their bank messages, buy recharge cards, and get their alert,” she says. I target FirstBank and Access Bank because they are simple to reset.
I’ve been doing it for the past two years with eleven boys working for me in Kano, Plateau, and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. At one point, we stole a total of eight hundred thousand Naira. And I’ve lost track of how many people we’ve killed.”
Frank Mba presented a total of 39 individuals whose investigations have clearly proved their involvement in incidents ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, weapon trafficking, auto theft, cybercrime, and other extremely dangerous crimes.
13 AK47 rifles, two RPGs, 750 AK 47 live ammunitions, 11 AK 47 magazines, 30 live cartilages, 58 wraps of explosives presumed to be dynamics, one Turaya smartphone, 157 MTN new Sim cards, and other incriminating weaponry were found from the accused, according to Mba.
Firstbank has been beset by a series of controversies recently, ranging from management to board level, with the issues escalating like a wild harmattan fire, prompting a Central Bank intervention that saw the board of Ibukun Awosika sacked and Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan reinstated as Managing Director.
ENigeria Newspaper learnt that the management of the struggling bank has been waiting for normalcy to return, especially because several top management personnel who were loyal to the ousted board are now wary upon Adeduntan’s return.
Meanwhile, Firsbank Corporate Communications, led by Folake Ani-Mumuney and deputized by Chinwe Bode-Akinwande, has yet to respond to ENigeria Newspaper in a text message sent to them to comment on the subject as of the time of filing this article.