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Malaysian Indicted After Hacking Federal Reserve 132

Posted by kdawson
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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 Anonymous Coward on Monday November 22, 2010 @01:08PM (#34307552)

    Had his laptop been heavily encrypted, they wouldn't have gotten anywhere. This is an attempt at undermining cryptography.

  • Re:Actual indictment (Score:3, Informative)

    by tangent3 (449222) on Monday November 22, 2010 @01:34PM (#34307802)

    It's a Chinese name (there's a large community of Chinese in Malaysia)
    Lin is the family name, Mun Poo is the given name.

  • Mr Lin (Score:4, Informative)

    by donscarletti (569232) on Monday November 22, 2010 @02:06PM (#34308208)

    Nope, they screwed it up. His family name is "Lin", his given name is "Mun Poo".

    However, since he is Malaysian Chinese, things get weirder, Malaysian Chinese may write their name Chinese order "Lin Mun Poo", western order "Mun Poo Lin", without family name "Mun Poo", a single Arabic name e.g. "Muhammad", a single English name or an English name with a Chinese surname e.g. "David Lin". Any one of these might be what is written on this individual's birth certificate.

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