Las Pinas hacker nabbed for credit card fraud, link to drug trade

From inquirer.net:

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.

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

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