By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
November 19, 2010
A June 2010 hacking incident that compromised a network at the Federal
Reserve Bank of Cleveland happened on a test system and not the bank's
On Thursday, Lin Mun Poo was charged with hacking the Fed and other U.S.
corporations, including payment processor FedComp and an unnamed federal
defense contractor. He was arrested on Oct. 21 following a U.S. Secret
The Secret Service says it found more than 400,000 bank card numbers on
Poo's laptop at the time of his arrest. But those numbers apparently did
not come from the Fed, which said Friday that none of its sensitive data
was compromised during the incident. "We don't process credit cards or
debit card information," said June Gates, a spokeswoman with the Federal
Reserve of Cleveland.
According to Gates, the hacker managed to break into a single Fed test
PC that was connected to other test computers. "This is a system that is
used to test software and applications with fake data and information,"
she said. "The incident did not involve our live production system on
which we process our work."
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