A Nigerian medical doctor, Michael Thompson Williams Ujowhzi, was nabbed by the Lagos State Police Command for hacking into the accounts of popular celebrities and ripping them off.
Michael, 28, boasts of his escapades as a hacker, telling the police that “I monitor movie actors and actresses in the US. I monitor a particular actor, who is based in America (US). He transfers money every week.
“I hacked into his Swiss code account, which involved breaking of 360 codes. I divert funds online into a secured credit card which I use to buy any kind of powerful software online and get more knowledge online.”
A former employee of Eko Hospital and Tolu Medical Centre, was arrested in Lekki area of Lagos and paraded at the Lagos police headquarters, Ikeja, on Monday.
He confessed to hacking into customers’ accounts with banks and financial institutions, while also monitoring private email messages of prominent Nigerians.
He claims that as a hacker, he could do anything online, adding that he bought goods worth not more than N30 million with credit cards and made false payments in bits to unsuspecting victims.
Parading the suspect, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said: “After a successful transaction, the suspect as gathered would buy posh cars, sending fake alerts to the owners. The bubble burst in March after he bought a Porsche car worth N28 million from a car dealer in Lagos and sent him a fake alert before making away with the car.”
However, on getting to the bank to collect the money, the car dealer, Abidogun Adewale, discovered that no amount was paid.
Asked how that was possible, the suspect said he used “HTTPtunnel.com to send such fake alert”.
He disclosed that during such payment, the amount would appear on the seller’s account at that moment, even if he visited his bank to confirm the payment, adding that it would disappear after one hour.
Mr Edgal said the police received a petition against the suspect, whom he described as a “professional hacker.”
“The modus operandi of this suspect is very interesting because he seems to have a very good mastery of the cyber environment. He also creates a credit card through software known as cyber-ghost 12.
“When the credit card matures, it is then funded through a hacked Swiss account. Any transaction anybody is doing through this Swiss account, the suspect manipulates it and wires the fund into his contrived credit card.
“The interesting part of this report is that the hacker has the ability to shut down the CCTV system of any organisation here in Nigeria for a period of 67 minutes. That is a window period during which any crime can be committed.”
The police chief said the case was of importance to financial institutions, adding that Nigerian banks should employ ‘certified hackers’ to secure their systems from hackers.
Meanwhile, the suspect said he was eased out of the medical profession after he discovered “a faster way of conducting Caesarean Section.”
He said, “I have worked in three Lagos hospitals. The issue with Nigeria is that when they see that you are better, they look for a way to ease you out. After I was sent out, I secured a visa to Canada, where I acquired hacking expertise.”