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By Brid-Aine Parnell
19th January 2012
A computer programmer has been charged with stealing source code worth
$9.5m from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, according to the FBI
Bo Zhang, a 32-year-old from Queens in New York, was cuffed on suspicion
of swiping the Government-wide Accounting and Reporting (GWA) software,
used to help keep track of the US government's finances.
"Among other things, the GWA handles ledger accounting for each
appropriation, fund, and receipt within the Department of the Treasury,
and provides federal agencies with an account statement - similar to
bank statements provided to bank customers - of the agenciesâ€™ account
balances with the United States Treasury," the US attorney's office for
the Southern District of New York said in an official statement.
Zhang was hired as a contractor to work on the code where it's held in
an access-controlled electronic repository in New York. During last
summer he allegedly stole the GWA code, which has so far cost the US
$9.5m to develop.
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