Hacker uses senator's credit card to buy P1M worth of food

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 06 2021 10:59 AM | Updated as of Jan 07 2021 12:43 AM

MANILA (UPDATE)- Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday said a hacker used his credit card to purchase P1 million worth of food.

"My credit card has just been hacked! May nag order ng P1M worth of food sa Food Panda in less than an hour," Gatchalian said in a tweet.

(Someone ordered P1 million worth of food from Food Panda in less than an hour.)

"Ano 'yan lauriat para sa buong barangay?" he said.

(Is that a lauriat for the entire village?)

The purchases were done in 4 transactions on January 5, between 4:47 p.m. and 5:49 p.m., according to transaction details the senator posted.

"The hacker managed to change my registered phone number so he got the OTPs," Gatchalian said referring to the One-Time Password, an added security code sent to a credit card holder via text. 

"He knew what he was doing. I just don't know how he will eat a million worth of food," he said.

Gatchalian has yet to disclose developments on the fraudulent transactions.

The lawmaker from Valenzuela was ranked as the 9th richest senator last year with a net worth of P95 million.

Unionbank said in a statement it's investigating the hacking of Gatchalian's credit card and coordinating with Food Panda, which also started a probe on the issue.

"We assure all our customers that this matter is an isolated incident. UnionBank has always been committed to the security of our customers and we remain driven to ensure their safety when transacting online," it said.

"We also take this opportunity to remind all our customers to practice vigilance while doing financial transactions. Customers may visit the UnionBank website to learn some #CyberSure tips when using credit cards online."