A federal jury last week convicted a Maryland-based computer programmer of computer intrusion after he planted a logic bomb on his employer’s computer servers.
Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana was a contractor working at Fannie Mae's Urbana, Md., facility from 2006 to 2008. As 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 Oct. 24, 2008 and told to turn in all of his Fannie Mae equipment, including his laptop. Five days later, a Fannie Mae senior engineer discovered a malicious script embedded in a routine program.
A further 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 logic bomb was designed to spread throughout the Fannie Mae network of computers and wipe out all data, including financial, securities and mortgage information.
Makwana faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 8, 2010.