Lin Mun Poo, a thirty two year old Malaysian citizen, was arrested for hacking the computer network at the Federal Reserve Bank. Poo had built a career of stealing information from and compromising financial institutions, major corporations, and even defense contractors and then selling or trading the information he collected. Poo was found to be in possession of more than 400,000 debit and credit card numbers at the time of his October arrest while traveling in the United States. Poo was captured in a Brooklyn diner just hours after arriving at Kennedy Airport attempting to sell off the stolen credit card numbers for $1,000 U.S. dollars.
Public information manager June Gates at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland addressed Poo's illegal activities in an email with Federal News Radio. Gates stated: "In the case of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the incident involved a test computer, which is used for testing software and applications. The incident did not involve the Bank's live, production computer system, and no fed data or information was compromised."
Per reports from the Justice Department, Poo also "hacked into the computer system of a Department of Defense contractor that provides systems management for miliary transport and other military operations, potentially compromising highly sensitive military logistics information."
Poo faces up to ten years in prision if convicted. Poo is presently in police custody awaiting trial on four counts of unlawful activity including fraud and identity theft.