By William Casis

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian is eyeing the possibility of an “inside job” after his credit card was hacked and used to buy  PHP1 million-worth of food items from Food Panda, a food delivery service.

Gatchalian said, “I don’t rule out that there may be coercion and I don’t rule out that there was insider cooperation. It can be in Food Panda, it can be in the bank, there can be others involved here.”

Gatchalian said the hacker accessed his one-time password and used it for the food transactions after his registered phone number was changed.

At 4:47 p.m. on January 5, the hacker took PHP96,265 worth of food delivery. Then again at 4:56 p.m., food worth PHP323,247to be delivered.

At 5:11 p.m., the hacker asked for food delivery amounting to PHP356,517. The last delivery worth PHP300,851 was made at 5:49 p.m.

Gatchalian, filed a police report on January 7 at the Valenzuela Police Station  “to make this official (and to build) a case. I want to pursue this  because they can victimize others.”

Gatchalian said the suspects behind this criminal act should be traced. He also said food delivery services should  check seriously on all notification by email and text.

Furthermore, he called on banks to be two or three steps ahead of hackers in technology and consumer protection.

“Hackers are evolving, innovating. Tinitingnan nila kung saan sila pwede lumusot,” said the Senator.

He said they saw they saw an opportunity when his phone number was changed.

“Moving forward, banks should change their system,” added Gatchalian. 

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