(WASHINGTON) – The United States Secret Service has lead an investigation into how a Malaysian national hacked into the U.S. Federal Reserve.
In a joint release Thursday with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service announced the indictment of Lin Mun Poo by the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Poo, a resident and citizen of Malaysia, is accused of hacking into the computer system of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Ohio. It was also found that Poo was in possession of around 400,000 stolen credit and debit card numbers that were obtained by hacking into the systems of various financial institutions.
"These crimes not only affect our nation's financial infrastructure, but are also an ongoing threat to our national security,” said Brian Parr, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service New York Field Office.
The investigation, which culminated with the arrest of Poo on October 21, uncovered that the computer system of a Department of Defense contractor was hacked, potentially compromising highly sensitive military logistics.
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