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U.S.: Malaysian citizen Rip Federal Bank Network

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Malaysian citizen, who on Thursday accused of hacking U.S. computer networks of the Central Bank or the Federal Reserve and a defense contractor, was arrested several Secret Service agents when he sold the stolen credit card numbers with a price of 1,000 U.S. dollars at a restaurant dinner in New York.

Court documents released by U.S. prosecutors claimed the man, identified as Lin Mun Poo (32) was arrested on Oct. 21, hours after he arrived in New York. He was indicted by a board of judges on Thursday to four charges, including paved the U.S. central bank's branch system in Cleveland, Ohio.

"In the post-arrest statement, defendant admitted he was hacking into computer servers of companies and major financial institutions," wrote U.S. prosecutors in Brooklyn in a letter to District Judge Dora Irizarry, responsible for handling the case.

Lin, she said, admitting he took advantage of vulnerabilities that he found on the bank's computer system.

"Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Ohio, has confirmed one FRB computer network hacked around June 2010, so that the bank suffered a loss of thousands of U.S. dollars, and the act is affecting 10 computers or more," according to the letter.

The process of examination by the judge will consider the delay request the government to continue holding Lin. No new date scheduled. Lawyer Lin, who appointed the court, was not willing to give comment.

Lin used to be Malaysians who do not have jobs or relatives in the United States, said the letter. He arrived at John F. Airport Kennedy, New York, from Europe to the tickets back and forth, and plans to return on November 22.

"Within a few hours after Lin arrived at JFK, the Secret Service agents watched the defendant sells a credit card with the price of 1,000 U.S. dollars at dinner in Brooklyn and arrested him shortly after that," the letter to the judge.

Office of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in Brooklyn said that all accusations against Lin involves hacking computer systems of the U.S. Defense Department contractors who help take care of military transport operations.

Another accusation against Lin includes ownership of more than 400,000 stolen credit cards and debit cards in a single portable computer that was confiscated by Secret Service agents.

"The defendant underwent a career break, among other things, the server computers of financial institutions, defense contractors, and large companies, and sell or trade the information stored there ...," Lynch said in a statement.

Lynch said the defendants allegedly planned to get more financial information from other hackers, who would she invite transaction.

If found guilty, Lin faced a maximum possible prison sentence between 6.5 and eight years.


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