Hacker gains entry to Access Bank customers’ data weeks after Herbert Wigwe’s award

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Barely week after Access Bank’s boss, Herbert Wigwe received an award for the bank’s exemplary services, customers have been left in a state of panic.

Inside sources claimed that a number of Access Bank’s customers engaged in panic withdrawals after a hacker hacked into the bank’s IT world to access their data.

The hacker, who has caused panic for Access Bank Plc customers, has been identified as Ihebuzo Chris.

It was also alleged that Ihebuzo claimed to have hacked into the bank’s database, accessed, and extracted data of over 2,000 customers.

According to Chris, he did this without authorization from the bank as he, in a viral video, presented print out of customers’ accounts, including their BVN, account numbers, and other details.

Chris said, his motive was not to steal customers’ money but to expose how unsecured the Access Bank database was as at the time he hacked into the bank network adding that he could debit their accounts without their consent going by the information at his disposal.

Reacting, Access Bank assured its customers of the safety of their money.

“Criminals have posted pages purporting to contain customer account information. We’ve alerted law enforcement agencies and ask that you ignore the post. There is no threat to your account balances.

“Please continue to follow security protocol by never sharing your account details,” Access Bank said.

Access Bank was adjudged Africa’s leading financial institutions after it merged with Diamond Bank in 2019.

Aside from winning several awards for its stability and solid IT strength, Access Bank emerged winner of the 2019 Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards for “Outstanding Business Sustainability Achievement” for four consecutive times.

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