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Bank manager’s access code used in P167M UCPB online heist: Loot transferred to African nation through courier

Hackers used the access code of one of United Coconut Planters Bank’s bank managers to siphon off P167 million over a long weekend in June, a reliable source familiar with the investigation told BILYONARYO.

By Nancy Carvajal

“It appeared that a user ID, which was used to gain access to the bank’s core system and increase the cash balance of the various suspects’ accounts, belonged to one of the bank managers,’’ said the source.

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The branch manager’s access code appeared on the logs of the bank’s Silverlake Integrated Banking System (SIBS) that updated the balance of the suspect’s accounts.

However, the bank manager denied any participation in the illegal transactions upon questioning by the National Bureau of Investigation, which was asked by UCPB management to look into the stolen funds.

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Based on the records of one of the account holders linked to the P167 million theft, part of the loot was transferred to an “African nation” using an international courier remittance company, the source said.

Based on initial investigation, the suspects were able to funnel millions of cash out of UCPB through a combination of massive automated teller machine (ATM) withdrawals and online transfers that started on June 12 or Independence Day,which fell on a Friday,

The heist was allegedly carried out by a syndicate of Nigerians and Filipino partners which targeted the state bank during its regular online security upgrade.

UCPB has confirmed the missing P167 million which was first reported by BILYONARYO.

Apart from the NBI-Cybercrime Division, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is also investigating the UCPB online robbery.

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