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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lin Mun Poo, Malaysian Hacker, Sneaks in Cleveland Fed's Computers (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 1:47 PM

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Update: Lin Mun Poo, everyone's favorite pun-worthy hacker, pleaded guilty yesterday to account fraud stemming from his infiltration of Fed computers, according to Bloomberg. Poo's left a mess of a trail from Malaysia to America, with dangling bits of evidence pointing to coiled layers of hacks and credit card fraud.

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A little corner of Cleveland’s cyberspace was the site of an international siege, it turns out. Coming in hot on the wires is this report from MarketWatch about Lin Mun Poo, a hacker out of Malaysia who cracked the firewall of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank and climbed right in.

The hacker was picked up in October; the Secret Service first got a whiff of Poo when he was in Brooklyn selling stolen credit card info. Mid-grilling, he confessed that he’d slipped into the Cleveland Fed’s system as well as the systems of other financial institutions.

The Fed claims all Poo got into was a test computer. Nothing important was tainted by Poo.

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