A Nigerian medical doctor, Dr. William Michael who turned to a professional internet hacker has revealed that he had the capacity to hack into any bank in Nigeria and withdraw N1bn within 67 minutes. It was reported that the Imo State-born Michael whose mother is from Delta State also revealed that all the banks in Nigeria do not have enough security as none of them had what he described as firewalls to prevent access to their accounts through the internet.
He said it was very easy to have access into both the banks and their customers accounts and defraud them.
“It is so easy to hack into any bank account, pick alerts and send to customers from the bank data that look real but are fake” he said.
Dr. Michael said that he became a professional hacker when he became frustrated and he travelled to Canada, where he was taught how to do it within two weeks from his Israeli friend and became a master.
He said any hacker in the world is a bank to himself because such person can buy anything he wants through his credit card, send fake alerts and will not need to have any account in any bank. He further revealed that there were many applications which can be used and when a hacker mastered them, that money will no longer be a problem to such person.
Dr. Michael confessed that he had hacked into many accounts, withdrawn millions of Naira and had the system that sent fake credit alerts to accounts without the banks detecting it. He therefore advised the banks in Nigeria to work and improve their security systems as what they have presently were really porous and substandard in the world.
The hacker said that he was a qualified medical doctor and had worked in Eko and Tolu Hospitals before he travelled abroad. He said he had carried out wide research works on how to perform C/S operations with ease and presented the results to the hospital management. Dr. Michael said that the management sacked him, stole his ideas and started applying them on their patients, so he left and travelled abroad.
The suspect was paraded before journalists by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal at the State Command.
It was gathered that the police boss recognised the suspect’s intelligence and said that detailed investigations needed to be carried out on his activities. The CP said that the banks in Nigerian should show interest to know what has been going on about the internet banking fraud.
CP Edgal said that the suspect who was brought to the Command with his face covered was still undergoing interrogations and will not allow his face to be shown for now for security reasons.
On how Dr. Michael was arrested, the CP said that the police received a complaint that there existed a syndicate that went go to shops, bought cars, configured a computer programme that would send fake payment alerts to the sellers and by so doing obtained the cars under false pretence.
He said a car dealer, one Mr. Abidogun Adewale was defrauded by Dr. Williams when he bought a Porsche car for N28m and paid him with fake alert to his phone using http tunnel.com
The victim released the car after receiving the alert, went to the bank and discovered that the alert was fake.
Edgal said he directed the FSARS to fish him, he was arrested eventually and confessed that he committed the offence. He also led the police detectives to Delta State where the Porsche car was recovered and two other vehicles were recovered in Owerri, Imo State.
CP said that the suspect had a good mastery of the cyber environment and can use credit cards through cyber ghost 12. He said that when the credit cards mature, they were then funded through a hacked Swiss account. He explained that any transaction anyone was doing through the Swiss account, the suspect will manipulate such wire through contrived credit card. He said it was possible with the aid of cyber ghost and other applications.