Call center shut down over hacking charges

Elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) raided a call center in Quezon City, suspected of hacking and stealing illegal data.
Operations of Authentisource Corporation was suspended Monday when CIDG officials dismantled and confiscated several computers that allegedly contain information originally owned by a certain Steve Baht, an American living in the US.
"May mga server logs kaming nakita na ina-access ‘yung mga servers namin sa States,” said an IT expert Carlito Herrera.
Baht was previously a board member of the company, but his lawyer Atty. Leonides Deluma said he is still the rightful owner of the files.
“This is an illegal downloading or hacking of information and data in the server which is owned by Stave Baht,” said Deluma.
However, Authentisource denied any illegal activity in their company.
More than 100 call center agents will be affected by the company’s legal troubles. Several of them complained that they haven’t received their monthly salaries because of the situation.
The manager of Authentisource, Maricel Rojas, will face charges in violation of E-Commerce Act of 2000 or RA 8792.


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