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Meet "Ben Pu" - The Aleynikov Sequel: Quant Powerhouse Citadel Arrests Former Employee For Stealing "Alpha" Code

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Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:20 | 1769904 TuesdayBen
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The Chinese are infiltrating.  They've even taken over the LPGA tour.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:33 | 1769964 DormRoom
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He's climbin in your windows

He's snatchin your algos up

Tryna /sbin/dump -0u -f /dev/st0 /usr/src em so y'all need to

Hide your disks, Hide your drives. Hide your disks,

Hide your drives. Hide your disks,

Hide your disks, Hide your drives. Hide your /dev/null,

Cuz they're /sbin/dump -0u -f /dev/st0 /usr/src errbody out here

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:47 | 1770016 Storch
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He forgot to wipe.

The drive.


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:10 | 1770088 Bwahaha WAGFDSMB
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Yeah, what are the odds of this evidence not being planted?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:20 | 1770113 redpill
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"Alpha" code for beta channel stuffing?  The irony...


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:58 | 1770282 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Yeah, no kidding. Found in the sewer?! Geez, not to mention, putting any hard disk or memory stick in the microwave for about 10 seconds would frazzle any data on the drive, regardless of where you flush it later. Note to self: never hawk your programming talents at Citadel.

Fri, 10/14/2011 - 03:16 | 1772621 fajensen
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No, It will not. You have to physically destroy the media containing the data. The blender for a memory stick, Tree-shredder for harddrives. Or burn them. But this takes time and preparation.

In the defence gear I worked with they had a "thermite pack": A sealed aluminium tube filled with thermite then routed to larger pouches of thermite around the secret bits. The case was high in magnesium too. Even then there was a $$$ "Hammer and Nail" tool permanently attached. Using the hammer on the "nail", one was supposed to punch out specific locations to smash the chips underneath, while being overrun and supposedly with the thermite ignition countdown running for assured destruction.

The microwave just fries the electronics on a HDD. Then They will take the platters out and plonk them in an identical HDD, which may be the best outcome for all parties concerned because this saves Them & You the inconvenience of putting you in some shithole like Bagram and rubberhosing the data out of you!

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 14:13 | 1770364 trav7777
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you can't wipe a drive...coercivity is so high on those that you will mechanically damage the platters before you actually erase the bits.  You have to melt/burn the things

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1769905 HANKREARDON

That stinks.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:37 | 1769975 GeneMarchbanks
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Pu was flushed from the inside.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:43 | 1770165 redpill
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There once was a boy named Pu

He worked for a fund but wasn't a Jew

So when the shit hit the fan

He quickly got canned

Due to hard drives found in doo-doo!

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1769906 legal eagle
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Their work belongs in the sewer.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:12 | 1770096 Nascent_Variable
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Citadel security doesn't take crap from anyone.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:35 | 1770160 Greater Fool
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Citadel generally is not an outfit to get on the wrong side of.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:22 | 1769910 ziggy59
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Banks are the only ones allowed to steal. Steal from them or crooksrus.com, look out.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1769969 redpill
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So while TPTB scramble to track down Lulsec "cyber terrorists" who launch the occasional DDOS attack, here we have companies like Citadel that no longer have anything to do with sound financial analysis but are nothing more than institutionalized, subsidized, legalized hackers who seek to exploit the electronic medium of financial markets on the backs of the rest of the investing world.  Not because they undertand fundamentals, or do rigorous analysis, but because they hire Chinese programmers to write their scam code.  What a joke.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:36 | 1769974 DormRoom
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American Finance Association slogan: "We move bits around--and that's about fuck all. so you don't have to."

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:31 | 1769926 Smithovsky
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If he marries Karen Yu and she hyphenates her last name, she will be Mrs. Yu-Pu

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:40 | 1769990 redpill
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Don't forget Fook Mi and Fook Yu!



Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:10 | 1770083 DOT
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Thu, 10/13/2011 - 16:36 | 1771055 Freddie
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Maybe he can go back to China to design sinking riverboats.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:26 | 1769928 homersimpson
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Ben Pu, meet Hu Flung Dung in Shawshank..

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:29 | 1769949 redpill
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And don't forget Kum Fum Sum Yung Gai.


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:35 | 1769971 carbonmutant
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Probably related to Won Hung Lo...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1769935 redpill
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Frontrunning and screwing retail investors adds SUCH value to our economy.  We need more businesses like this, then surely the current robust recovery will only become more accelerated.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1769954 hedgeless_horseman
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I remember when frontrunning was illegal.  That was when the NASD back-office examiners had AEM on their laptops instead of tranny-porn.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:42 | 1769995 redpill
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When the SEC says they are "working hard" most people don't take their meaning properly.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:49 | 1770025 karzai_luver
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too bad this was stopped as there were many Obamanits waiting to bankroll the startups that would bring 10s of yobs before the next donation cycle peaks.


eating our seed corn bichezzzzz



Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1769936 ian807
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And I'm *sure* they compensated Mr. Pu fairly, from their point of view (giggle). Citadel is neither the first, nor the last hedge fund that's getting the rather expensive lesson that when it comes to programmers and quants, you have to pay to play and that means trader sized compensation and/or an equity stake for the programmer.

Get it, or go down in flames.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1769941 Sabibaby
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For are smart as some these people are it's suprising they throw out their hard drives into the sewer without writing zero's to them first. Hell, stick some magnets to the drive before you toss it out. Also, what the heck was it doing in the sewer and not his PC at home?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:33 | 1769966 Smithovsky
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Mr. Pu thought it would be safer in the sewer, with his relatives.  

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:58 | 1770054 karzai_luver
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smart and seeming white hot stupidity exist in all,,,,,that's humans for ya!


Fri, 10/14/2011 - 03:46 | 1772635 fajensen
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Most smart people are not smarter than "normal people" when working outside of their domain, but they naturally still think that they are smarter than everyone else; a common expert fallacy. Investment advisers and other salespeople *love* that trait in highly-paid people.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1769945 bartek
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Maybe the guy was planning to sell each "alpha" for $20 million a pop to Huen Shue (well known chinese government agent)

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:29 | 1769946 fuu
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Bullish for shit.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:30 | 1769947 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Here's the code right here:


while( Ponzi == true )


SPY->Buy( rand() % 100 );

// Ponzi = false;


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:30 | 1769951 PicassoInActions
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Ben Pu

 now works for Apple so they wont get much luck with apple employers, he redesign the code into the SIRI and now he does all his trades by simply speaking to an iphone

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:02 | 1770065 slewie the pi-rat
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with a first name like Yihao, i woulda suggested he keep his name yeeeeehooowwpuuu!  just for the piratical beuaty of it all

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:05 | 1770076 redpill
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I hate to Pu Pu your idea, but with a name like that some may find it arrogant in a way, almost as if he thought his pu didn't stink.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:13 | 1770102 Larry Dallas
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Anyone remember Bang Dae Ho?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:21 | 1770118 redpill
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He and Ben are actually gay lovers and getting married in NYC this week.  They will be hyphenating, something Bang Dae Pu-Ho has been looking forward to for a long time.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:30 | 1769952 vegas
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I've been hanging around sanitary canals for a long time and I've never found a hard drive filled with awesome algos. Must be digging through the wrong shit.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:06 | 1770078 redpill
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Yeah, I think on that Dirty Jobs show they had an episode about the Citadel Recovery Team (tm).

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:31 | 1769957 bartek
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We should go back to the system based on 8's and 16' instead of pennies. That would throw a wrench into their operations

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:39 | 1769987 hedgeless_horseman
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...and $2 brokers.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:32 | 1769959 carbonmutant
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Sounds like ol' Ben was under constant surveillance...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:33 | 1769965 Ramboy
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Engineering and computer department at all banks are 99% asians with thick bifocals all stuffed in 2 floors in Jersey City.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1769968 Pythaes
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Hard drives dumped into the Chicago River...Nice work....

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:59 | 1770059 redpill
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A scuba-diving Rahm found them at the bottom while he was looking for some more voters for the next election

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:47 | 1770812 Pythaes
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what was on them?

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