Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

Malaysian National Charged With Hacking Federal Reserve Bank

Defendant stole more than 400,000 credit and debit card numbers, authorities say

A federal grand jury has indicted a Malaysian national with hacking computers at the Federal Reserve Bank and possessing more than 400,000 stolen credit and debit card numbers.

The four-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn Thursday, according to a release from the Department of Justice. Lin Mun Poo was arrested on a criminal complaint shortly after his arrival in the United States on Oct. 21, 2010, and has been held in custody since then, the DoJ says.

According to the government's pleadings and a detention letter filed yesterday, the defendant "made a career" of compromising computer servers belonging to financial institutions, defense contractors, and major corporations, among others, and selling or trading the information.

On Oct. 21, the defendant traveled to the United States to obtain additional stolen financial account information from other hackers, which he planned to use and sell for his own profit, according to the indictment. When he was arrested a few hours after his arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Secret Service agents seized his heavily encrypted laptop computer, which contained a massive quantity of financial account data and personal identifying information that he had allegedly obtained by hacking into various computer systems.

The victims included FedComp, a data processor for federal credit unions, according to the release. As a result, the defendant was able to gain unauthorized access to the data of various federal credit unions, such as the Firemen's Association of the State of New York and the Mercer County New Jersey Teachers.

The defendant also allegedly compromised the computer servers of a number of major financial institutions and companies, including a computer network of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Ohio, by exploiting an unspecified vulnerability.

The defendant's cybercrime activities allegedly extended to the national security sector. According to the government's pleadings and detention letter, he 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.

If convicted of the most serious offenses, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message. Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Edge-DRsplash-10-edge-articles
7 Old IT Things Every New InfoSec Pro Should Know
Joan Goodchild, Staff Editor,  4/20/2021
News
Cloud-Native Businesses Struggle With Security
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  5/6/2021
Commentary
Defending Against Web Scraping Attacks
Rob Simon, Principal Security Consultant at TrustedSec,  5/7/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-23691
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-14
YFCMF v2.3.1 has a Remote Command Execution (RCE) vulnerability in the index.php.
CVE-2020-18166
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-14
Unrestricted File Upload in LAOBANCMS v2.0 allows remote attackers to upload arbitrary files by attaching a file with a ".jpg.php" extension to the component "admin/wenjian.php?wj=../templets/pc".
CVE-2020-18167
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-14
Cross Site Scripting (XSS) in LAOBANCMS v2.0 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code by injecting commands into the "Homepage Introduction" field of component "admin/info.php?shuyu".
CVE-2020-23689
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-14
In YFCMF v2.3.1, there is a stored XSS vulnerability in the comments section of the news page.
CVE-2021-25941
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-14
Prototype pollution vulnerability in 'deep-override' versions 1.0.0 through 1.0.1 allows an attacker to cause a denial of service and may lead to remote code execution.