Fannie Mae UNIX Engineer Gets 41 Months for Planting Logic Bomb

Computer programmer Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana was last week sentenced to 41 months in prison for planting a logic bomb on Fannie Mae’s computer servers.

Montgomery County, Md., resident Makwana was a contractor working at Fannie Mae’s Urbana facility from 2006 to 2008. A UNIX engineer, he worked on the organization’s network of nearly 5,000 computer servers.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Makwana was fired in October 2008 and told to turn in all of his Fannie Mae equipment, including his laptop. A Fannie Mae senior engineer later discovered a malicious script embedded in a routine program. Analysis of the script, computer logs, Makwana’s laptop and other evidence revealed Makwana had transmitted the malware  Oct. 24, 2008, which was intended to execute Jan. 31, 2009.

The malware was designed to spread throughout the Fannie Mae network of computers and destroy all data, including financial, securities and mortgage information, a Department of Justice statement said.

“Computer intrusion cases are a high priority for federal law enforcement because of the potential to cause serious damage,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Mr. Makwana was trusted with access to the computer system, and he violated that trust.”

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