A Malaysian hacker hacked into the Federal Reserve Bank’s computers in Cleveland and also had > 400,000 stolen credit card numbers when Secret Service agents finally caught up with him, federal prosecutors said.
Lin Mun Poo was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport last month as he traveled to New York for a meeting with other hackers and to allegedly exploit some of the stolen information he had obtained, investigators said.
Officials are still looking into how he allegedly hacked his way into well-guarded computer systems at the Federal Reserve and numerous major financial institutions. Poo allegedly traded and profited on information he stole from some of the institutions.
Poo faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the identity theft and fraud charges. Poo is a Malaysian citizen and secret service agents said he admitted some of his crimes under questioning. Investigators said the Federal Reserve in Cleveland was “hacked” back in June. And they said Poo planned to spend time in New York hitting ATM machines with some of the stolen cards he had obtained.
Officials said Poo also compromised the computers of a defense contractor whose database had information about “highly sensitive military operations.”