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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