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Malaysian Indicted After Hacking Federal Reserve 132

Posted by kdawson
from the tip-of-the-proverbial dept.
wiredmikey sends along a security story that looks like it could be one to watch. Lin Mun Poo was arrested shortly after arriving at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in late October, traveling to the US on business. The 32-year-old resident of Malaysia was observed by an undercover Secret Service agent selling stolen credit card data in a diner. After arresting him and seizing his laptop (which was "heavily encrypted"), authorities discovered evidence of far more serious security breaches. According to documents from the Department of Justice, Lin Mun Poo had hacked into the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and stolen over 400,000 credit and debit card numbers. Also, according to authorities, Mr. Poo managed to hack into FedComp, a data processor for federal credit unions, enabling him to access the data of various federal credit unions. He also hacked into the computer system of a Department of Defense contractor that provides systems management for military transport and other military operations, potentially compromising highly sensitive military logistics information.
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Malaysian Indicted After Hacking Federal Reserve

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  • by digitaldc (879047) * on Monday November 22, 2010 @12:47PM (#34307270)
    ...Lin Min was always so much more misbehaved than his brother, Hu Flung Poo?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 22, 2010 @12:52PM (#34307342)

    "Lin Min Poo had hacked into the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and stolen over 400,000 stolen credit and debit card numbers."

  • by BruiserBlanton (133306) on Monday November 22, 2010 @12:54PM (#34307360)

    You know that's not the plan.

    Obligatory XKCD
    http://xkcd.com/538/ [xkcd.com]

  • by Peeteriz (821290) on Monday November 22, 2010 @01:00PM (#34307454)

    According to early data security research performed by KGB, thermorectal cryptoanalysis (involving a penetration test with soldering iron) can reveal encryption keys of any length within a couple of minutes.

  • Mr. Poo. (Score:4, Funny)

    by roman_mir (125474) on Monday November 22, 2010 @01:00PM (#34307460) Homepage Journal

    I feel like it's an episode of South Park - hey there, Mr. Poo.

    From TFA:

    "To have the skills to break into highly sensitive systems like that is an impressive level of criminal activity," said Kurt Baumgartner, a senior security researcher for Kaspersky Lab, a computer security firm.

    - yeah, I bet it takes impressive level of criminal activity consisting of some 'LOL Cat' or maybe a 'Hot Malaysian Massage' screen saver and off the shelf 'back-orifice' of some sort.

    But anyway, what did this guy do that the Fed isn't doing anyway?

    traveling to the US on business

    - that right there is a punishable offense, well at the very least your 'junk' may have to be touched.

    The 32 year-old resident of Malaysia was observed by an undercover Secret Service agent

    - they are making it sound much dirtier than it was.

    selling stolen credit card data in a diner

    - stay classy Mr. Poo. At a diner?

    Why can't you be more respectable and do it like the Fed does, they sell their junk bonds on the bond market, with bells and whistles.

    After arresting him and seizing his laptop (which was "heavily encrypted")

    - with ROT13

    authorities discovered evidence

    - as I said, with ROT13.

    Lin Min Poo had hacked into the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and stolen over 400,000 stolen credit and debit card numbers.

    - BASTARD! How dare he steal the STOLEN credit card numbers? Fed was just going to sell them themselves at a diner.

    Also, according to authorities, Mr. Poo managed to hack into FedComp, a data processor for federal credit unions, enabling him to access the data of various federal credit union.

    - various 'credit union'. Yeah, that one credit union is extremely 'various' indeed.

    He also hacked into computer system of a Department of Defense contractor that provides systems management for military transport and other military operations, potentially compromising highly sensitive military logistics information.

    - well, in his defense, he was just going to sell that highly classified systems management information at a better restaurant, he has SOME standards.

    "If a guy from Malaysia can get into networks like this, you can imagine what the Chinese and Russians, the people with real capabilities, are able to do

    - OMG! Call the Pentagon, they need to check if the database of the stolen mortgage back securities papers hasn't been stolen!

    In fact, the penetration of sensitive national security computers by overseas hackers — many of them believed to be state sponsored — is rapidly emerging as one of the country’s most alarming national security threats, officials said. And the threat is not just from foreign governments and for-profit hackers. Officials have also expressed worries that terrorist groups may be capable of the same sorts of sophisticated penetrations.

    - clearly, more F35s are needed to stop these attacks. What was that about the Republicans voting to STOP pig, I mean pork spending?

    HOW, just HOW will they STOP all that pork spending if there is clearly so much that needs to be done right now, to prevent the terrorists from winning by 'hacking' into the White House and stealing the toilet cleaning schedule?

    Pentagon officials said Sunday they were unable to respond immediately to questions about whether Poo's hacking of the contractor's computers had compromised military troop movements. But spokesman Bryan Whitman said in an e-mailed statement to NBC News: "We are keenly aware that our networks are being probed everyday. That's precisely why we have a very robust and layered active defense to protect our networ

  • by digitalPhant0m (1424687) on Monday November 22, 2010 @01:01PM (#34307466)

    Mr. Poo forgot to 'Wipe' the data off hist laptop.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 22, 2010 @01:06PM (#34307538)

    Nah, it's just the minimum dose of crap.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 22, 2010 @01:16PM (#34307646)

    You might say people are lining up for this minor load of poo

    You might also say that these are neither puns, nor funny.

  • by cayenne8 (626475) on Monday November 22, 2010 @01:25PM (#34307724) Homepage Journal
    It would appear the Mr. Poo, is in some really deep shit now....
  • by ilsaloving (1534307) on Monday November 22, 2010 @02:06PM (#34308216)

    I heard that when he initially refused to give up his passwords, they threatened to throw him into a fan.

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