Ihebuzor Chris, the hacker who bragged on social media about possessing the data information of Access Bank customers, has been arrested by the Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The EFCC said in a statement that the hacker was recently arrested in Benin City Edo state for alleged cyberstalking which was a result of a petition it received from a new generation bank-Access Bank.
Described as a suspected serial cybercriminal in the statement, the commission said: “The petitioner alleged that the suspect had, in an online video (which has now been removed for violating Twitter rules), claimed to be in possession of some personal information and Biometric Verification Numbers of over 1000 customers of the bank, which he claimed to have obtained after hacking into its database from his personal laptop computer.
“Items recovered from the suspect, at the point of arrest, include the laptop computer, which he used to upload the said viral video, a printout of over 2000 bank details, including the BVN of customers of the bank, 12 blank ATM cards suspected to be for the perpetration of his alleged criminal activity.”
The commission concluded that investigations are ongoing to unravel other culprits involved in the suspected crime and he would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Access Bank appeared to have responded swiftly to the claims of the alleged hacker as it promised in a statement it released following the viral video.
The bank while reassuring customers of data confidentiality said: “A video of an individual claiming to be in possession of our customers’ banking details such as BVN and Account Number, has been brought to our notice. We urge all customers to remain calm as there is no security breach. We are working with the appropriate authority to bring the perpetrator to book.
“Kindly note that our customers’ financial security is a top priority and we will never disclose any information that will jeopardize your safety.”