NBI arrest IT expert tagged in San Beda hacking

June 29, 2020

IN line with the relentless effort of the government against cyber-criminals, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday said the 21-year-old information technology student accused of hacking the website of a university and accessing the accounts of its students was finally arrested.

NBI Officer-In-Charge Eric Distor identified the suspect as John Raven Aquino.

The case against Aquino stemmed from a complaint filed by the San Beda University (SBU) regarding the alleged hacking and defacement of its online School Management System Portal.

The alleged hacking was discovered on June 2, and was reported accordingly by the IT administrators of SBU.

Cyber-surveillance was then conducted by the NBI and it was revealed that suspect created a github.com account under Twitter username @yougotpwn and dumped the extracted SBU’s log-in database.

In their standard operating procedures of registering users, the NBI noticed a questionable user registration under email gsh.synstax@gmail.com registered on May 26.

Audit Report from SBU’s Anti-Virus Application showed on June 2, logs of high risk malwares penetrated their system and subject/s had installed a backdoor web shell solus.php.

A surveillance operation confirmed that suspect was allegedly behind the hacking incident. Formal charges are now being readied against him.