The Economic and fInancial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has revealed the damning evidence discovered in the laptop of Azeez Fashola AKA Naira Marley during his trial for fraud.
An investigator of the anti graft agency, Mr Nuru Buhari, revealed their findings under examination from prosecutor Mr Rotimi Oyedepo.
The prosecution had tendered the iPhone and laptop of the musician to the Federal High Court as exhibit.
The EFCC had preferred an 11-count charge against the musician bordering on conspiracy, possession of counterfeit Credit Cards, and Fraud. Also mentioned in the charge is one Yad Isril, who is said to still be at large.
Mr Buhari who revealed that he works in the Forensic department of the EFCC revealed upon analyzing Naira Marley’s laptop, it was found that his top five most-visited websites dealt in buying and selling stolen credit cards.
Mr. Buhari revealed that the cache file and history file revealed that the most frequently visited sites by the user of the computer included:
“arder007.org, Zuni.sa, nationwidecheckbalance.co.uk, ferunshop.net AMD cocoa.co.uk,”
According to him, analysis of the websites revealed that:
“Web 1 is where stolen card information is being sold to intending fraudsters, web 2 is for stolen credit cards specifically for the UK, whereas web 3 is an online website designed for UK cardholders 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.”
The witness told the court that his team also found a file named, Select BIN 101.txt and .txt., and after opening the file they discovered it contained
“stolen credit card information with special status that allows transaction up to 12,000 dollars without a pin or physical card.
“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,” he said.
He said that analysis of installed apps on Marley’s laptop showed that two of them, IP VANISH and TOR Browser, enabled the owner of the computer to disguise his identity and location.
“The TOR Browser is sometimes called the Onion; most of the criminals cover their tracks with various layers just like an onion using this app to make it near impossible for a tracker to track their location.
“The IP VANISH is a virtual private network, which provides that the actual computer and location of usage cannot be identified. It also gives the user the ability to change their location.” he said
According to the charge, the defendant allegedly committed the offences on different dates between Nov. 26, 2018, Dec.11, 2018, and May 10.
The charges against Marley said that the he allegedly used Access Card number 5264711020433662 issued to another person’s, in a bid to obtain fraudulent financial gains.
He was said to have possessed these counterfeit credit cards, belonging to different cardholders, with intent to defraud, which also amounted to theft.
The offences contravenes the provisions of Section 1, 23 (1) (b), 27 (1}, 33, 33(9) Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.
The judge adjourned the case till Oct. 24 for continuation of hearing.