CIDG raids QC call center for hacking
SIXTY-TWO million pesos worth of computers and internet were seized by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) when it raided a call center in Quezon City late Monday night.
CIDG director, Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao Jr., said that the call center located on the 2nd Floor of St. Thomas Square, Tomas Morato Ave., corner Roces Ave., was raided by their operatives for violation of the E-Commerce Law.
Pagdilao said that operatives of the National Capital Region (NCR)-CIDU under Sr. Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel confiscated three super microservers, eight black clone servers, and six grey HP Proilant Tower Servers, with an estimated value of $1.5 million or an equivalent of P62-million.
Coronel said that the raid stemmed from a complaint lobbed by Steven Keith Bath, an American national and owner of the Authentisource Corp., to the NCR-CIDU against his Filipino General Manager Jayghee Gayo, Human Resources Manager Maricelle Roxas and other employees.
Bath alleged that his employees have hacked the computer security system, stole important data files and sold them to a rival company, the Metis Apax Corporation.
Coronel added that Gayo and Roxas were not around during the raid. Bath has also shut down the Authentisource after the raid.
Investigation disclosed that Authentisource Corp. has 17 servers in its office in the country that were linked to the main File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server operated by Bath in his base in the United States.
Bath told CIDG probers that only his Filipino Information Technology (IT) manager in the Philippines, Carlito Herreria Jr., knows the system’s security access code. This code enables the daily streaming of information between the FTP in the US and the 17 server in the country.
Herreria, in his statement, said that on April 11, 2011, Gayo suspiciously barred him from entering the building premises. Sensing an anomaly inside, he setup a monitoring tool to remotely monitor the operation of the company for five days.
Herreria said that through his monitoring of computer log-in records, he discovered that Gayo, Roxas and some unidentified employees have accessed and downloaded digital data from the FTP to the 17 servers without authorization.
These stolen data were used to generate sales and send reports to Metis Apax Corporation.