A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday heard that stolen bank card data issued by European, American and Latin American banks have been retrieved from a laptop computer allegedly belonging to musician, Azeez Fashola popularly often called Naira Marley.
An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) forensics professional, Mr Nuru Buhari informed Justice Nicholas Oweibo that among the bank card data belonged to 4 individuals within the United Kingdom (UK) together with one Nicole Louise.
Buhari testified because the EFCC’s first prosecution witness in Marley’s alleged card fraud trial which started on Tuesday.
The witness, who was led in proof by EFCC counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, alleged that other than the stolen data, the web site go to historical past recovered from the gadget confirmed that the highest 5 most visited websites handled shopping for and promoting of stolen bank card data.
Buhari stated: “During analysis, the cache file and history file revealed that the most frequently visited sites by the user of the computer includes arder007.org, Zuni.sa, nationwidecheckbalance.co.uk, ferunshop.net AMD cocoa.co.uk.”
“Analysis of the websites revealed that web 1 is where stolen card information is sold to intending fraudsters, web 2 is for stolen credit cards specifically for the UK, web 3 is an online website designed for UK card holders to check their balance wherever they are around the world, web 4 is a dark web meaning an underground tunnel in the internet where stolen credit card information are sold and traded, web 5 is an online shopping mall where members are given discounts for shopping from certain shops.”
He stated stolen bank card data with particular standing that enables transaction up-to $12,000 with out a pin or bodily card was present in a file named choose BIN 101.txt and .txt.
The witness added: “For the note file, two major files were discovered named .txt which contained about four credit card information belonging to four different personalities in the UK including one Nicole Louise. ”
“The second file is called chosen BIN101.txt containing Bank Identification Number of European, American and Latin American banks.
“When we ran the BIN code search for the first six digits of the cards, it revealed they are Visa cards issued by Barclay’s bank, Sandander UK plc.”
Buhari testified that an evaluation allowed his group to establish “sure banks within the US, Europe and Asia with sure peculiarities, these are banks that they problem bank cards with out pins primarily based on the excessive stage of belief, they permit a transaction of as much as $12,000 in a swipe on pos.
“Cards issued by those banks are card not required. All you need to execute a transaction is the card number and the CVV number. ”
According to him, suspicious apps which can be principally utilized by individuals with shady offers on the web have been discovered on the laptop computer.
He stated: “We analysed put in apps on the laptop computer and we discovered two apps that permits the proprietor of the pc to determine the server of a financial institution as to his id and site, IP VANISH and TOR browser.
“The TOR browser is usually known as the onion. Most of the criminals cowl their tracks with varied layers similar to an onion utilizing this app to make it close to unattainable for a tracker to trace their location.
“The IP VANISH is a virtual private network (VPN) which provides that the actual computer and location of usage cannot be identified. It also gives the user the ability to change their location.”
The courtroom heard additional that an evaluation of the administrator account on the laptop computer revealed that the admin is one Naira Marley and the account was related to his iCloud account.
During the listening to, Oyedepo tendered the request for the evaluation of the Apple Mac e book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone allegedly confiscated from the defendant and the forensic laboratory report ready by Mr Buhari.
Justice Oweibo adjourned until Friday for cross examination of the witness.
Fashola, widespread for his “Am I a Yahoo Boy” and “Soapy” tracks, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on an 11-count cost of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit playing cards and fraud.
His co-defendant is one Yad Isril, stated to nonetheless be at giant.
The defendant was arraigned on May 20, 2019, however pleaded not responsible.
He secured N2 million bail with two sureties within the like sum.
According to the cost, the defendant dedicated the offences on completely different dates together with November 26, 2018, December 11, 2018, and May 10,
Fashola and his accomplices allegedly conspired to make use of completely different Access Bank ATM Cards to defraud their victims.
They allegedly used Access Card quantity 5264711020433662 issued to different individuals, in a bid to acquire fraudulent monetary positive aspects.
Fashola was stated to have possessed these counterfeit bank cards, belonging to completely different cardholders, with intent to defraud, and which additionally constituted theft.
The offences contravene the provisions of Section 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1}, 33, 33(9) Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.