Lin Mun Poo arrested by Secret Service after Federal Reserve hack

Filed Under: Data loss, Law & order, Vulnerability

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Correction: An earlier version of this article implied that the haul of credit cards came from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. That was incorrect. The authorities have said that although the FRB suffered a hack, the credit card information came from other institutions. My apologies for any confusion or embarrassment caused. I have updated the article below accordingly - Graham.

A Malaysian man who allegedly stole more than 400,000 credit and debit card details from various financial institutions, and hacking into the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, has been nabbed by the Secret Service.

Media reports have revealed that 32-year-old Lin Mun Poo was arrested in a Brooklyn diner, after allegedly trying to sell credit card details for $1000 to an undercover Secret Service agent.

Lin Mun Poo, who is said to have confessed to breaking into the computer systems of a number of financial organisations, is now being held in custody by US authorities pending a court appearance.

Court documents

According to court documents, Lin Mun Poo found a security vulnerability in the Federal Reserve's network in June 2010, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of damages. However, it is believed that he stole the huge booty of credit card numbers and other account information from other financial institutions.

The American government claims to have also obtained extensive evidence of how Poo's alleged criminal hacking activity targeted the US's national security, military and financial sectors.

If convicted, Lin Mun Poo could be jailed for up to ten years. That's certainly not a sentence to be sniffed at.

Don't make the same mistake as Lin Mun Poo, or you could be flushing your life down the toilet.

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5 Responses to Lin Mun Poo arrested by Secret Service after Federal Reserve hack

  1. anonymouscoward · 1747 days ago

    Interesting that it was old fashioned police work (undercover buy, used by narcs for at least 30+ years) and not network forensics or high technology that brought down "Poo." Is "cybercrime" really a new and unprecedented phenomenon? Or is it just a new tool in the criminal lexicon? I question whether or not we have entered a "brave new world" of crime, or if this is sensationalized over-reporting of the same old stuff.....

  2. I'm sorry for the childish nature of the puns in my article above. I'm washing my hands of any responsibility for other Poo puns that others might post..

  3. I was half expecting the guy to come at the arresting officers with a sword, true to the relatively little known Nintendo character of the same namesake.

  4. shame on him. get caught while trying to sell the information. I thought at first he was traced

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley