Time Bomb Doesn't Go Off, But Unix Bomber Will Do Time
20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, that's the maximum penalty that Yung-Hsun Lin might end up with. Lin, a former Unix system admin at Medco Health Solutions, is being charged with two counts of computer fraud.
September 24, 2007
The story began back in 2003, when Medco Health Solutions became part of Merck & Co. Planned layoffs were bound to happen, so Lin came up with a revenge plan just in case he would get fired. He created a malicious code in October 3 and set it to automatically deploy on his next birthday, April 23, 2004.
The code was designed to wipe clean all data from 70 company servers. Fortunately, a coding error prevented the disaster in the following year. Lin, who was still with the company at that time, reprogrammed the code in September 2004 and set it to go off on April 23, 2005.
The malicious code was discovered in January during the investigation of a system error and soon pulled out of the system. Lin was later arrested following an FBI investigation.