[ISN] Malaysian charged with hacking Federal Reserve, others

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:25:30 -0600 (CST)

By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
November 18, 2010 

A Malaysian man has been charged with hacking into major U.S. 
corporations, including the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and 
FedComp, a company that processes financial transactions for credit 

Lin Mun Poo, 32, was arrested on Oct. 21, just hours after flying into 
New York and selling $1,000 worth of stolen credit card numbers at a 
Brooklyn diner, prosecutors said. After inspecting his laptop, U.S. 
Secret Service investigators found more than "400,000 stolen credit and 
debit card account numbers allegedly obtained by hacking into various 
computer systems of other financial institutions," the Secret Service 
said in a news release.

Poo, who's been in custody since his arrest last month, was indicted 
Thursday on hacking, fraud and identity theft charges by a federal grand 
jury in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in 
Brooklyn. The Secret Service says he was in the business of hacking into 
companies' networks and selling the sensitive information he uncovered.

After being arrested, Poo told investigators that he had flown to the 
U.S. to meet with an unidentified person who claimed he could regularly 
provide him with a lot of stolen card numbers, prosecutors said in court 
fillings. He allegedly wanted to use the numbers to withdraw cash from 
automated teller machines.


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