…The alleged hacker threatens to wipe out money
In the heat of economic hardships faced by Nigerians as economy is threatened with recession, a Nigeria’s commercial bank, Access Bank Plc has been allegedly compromised by a Nigerian hacker.
According to the video posted by gossipmillnaija on Instagram, the alleged hacker with the name Ihebuzo Chris showed evidence of names, account numbers and Bank Verification Numbers and phone numbers (BVNs) of over 2,000 Access Bank customers hacked.
He also threatened to debit the money of the customers affected while faulting the Bank’s poor handling of sensitive details of its customers.
This sad occurrence on August 31, 2020 indisputably has caused panic among Nigerians especially from the customers of the Access Bank as data breach seems to be an easy task for hackers, as Unity Bank experienced such an occurrence on August 25, 2020.
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However, what the main worry is all about is the failure of Access Bank to confirm whether what Chris claimed on the social media was genuine or not. Instead, the Bank publish a vague statement trying to allay fears of their customers.
In the statement, Access Bank’s Head of Corporate Communications said, “Our attention has been drawn to some social media reports claiming a data of our systems.”
“Access Bank herewith confirms that there is no cause for alarm. We would like to reassure all our stakeholders and the general public of the security and integrity of our banking platforms which at this time are the best-in-class.”
While this sounds comforting to the public, Nigeria Today tried to get the authenticity of this information from Access Bank but no positive response gotten as at the time of filing this report.
It should be noted that cyber breach is becoming a menace in this economy, and it calls for worry except drastic measures are applied to curtail it as digital services are expanding.
Therefore, banks are urged to multiply their efforts to secure data of their customers from the hands of cyber fraudsters and hackers growing by the day before it gets out of hands.