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==Description==
 
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==Examples ==
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A logic bomb is a piece of malicious code that executes when specific trigger conditions are met. A typical example would be a program that monitors a company's payroll system, and attacks the company if a specific employee is terminated. A time bomb is a type of logic bomb that uses a date and time as its trigger condition. They are differentiated from software "easter eggs" by their malicious nature.
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==Risk Factors==
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A logic bomb can affect any systems that were accessible to the attacker. Depending on the motivation of the attacker, the bomb itself could modify payroll systems, steal corporate databases, or crash critical infrastructure.
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* [[Computer Viruses]] occasionally use logic bombs as their payloads. This allows the virus time to spread before alerting infected users with its attack.
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* [[internal software developer | Internal developers]] or [[Contractors | IT contractors]] are the typical threat agents capable of delivering logic bombs.
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==Examples==
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===Medco Health Solutions===
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: A unix systems administrator recieved 30 months in federal prison for inserting a logic bomb in Medco Health Solutions servers. [http://www.pcworld.com/article/137479/article.html link]
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===Fannie Mae===
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: An IT contractor for Fannie Mae inserted a time bomb to attack corporate servers. [http://www.fbi.gov/baltimore/press-releases/2010/ba100410a.htm link]
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===Siberian Pipeline Sabotage===
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: It is alleged (and disputed) that a 1982 explosion of a Soviet natural gas pipeline was caused by a logic bomb. [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/02/opinion/the-farewell-dossier.html link]
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==Related [[Attacks]]==
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* [[Computer Viruses]]
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==Related [[Vulnerabilities]]==
  
==Related Threats==
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==Related Attacks==
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==References==
  
==Related Vulnerabilities==
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logic_bomb Wikipedia]
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* [http://computer.howstuffworks.com/logic-bomb.htm HowStuffWorks]
  
==Related Countermeasures==
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Last revision (mm/dd/yy): 12/19/2012

Description

A logic bomb is a piece of malicious code that executes when specific trigger conditions are met. A typical example would be a program that monitors a company's payroll system, and attacks the company if a specific employee is terminated. A time bomb is a type of logic bomb that uses a date and time as its trigger condition. They are differentiated from software "easter eggs" by their malicious nature.

Risk Factors

A logic bomb can affect any systems that were accessible to the attacker. Depending on the motivation of the attacker, the bomb itself could modify payroll systems, steal corporate databases, or crash critical infrastructure.

Examples

Medco Health Solutions

A unix systems administrator recieved 30 months in federal prison for inserting a logic bomb in Medco Health Solutions servers. link

Fannie Mae

An IT contractor for Fannie Mae inserted a time bomb to attack corporate servers. link

Siberian Pipeline Sabotage

It is alleged (and disputed) that a 1982 explosion of a Soviet natural gas pipeline was caused by a logic bomb. link

Related Attacks

Related Vulnerabilities

TBD

References