Attempted Computer Sabotage Results in Record Prison Sentence
Yung-Hsun Lin, a former employee of Medco Health Solutions, pleaded guilty to planting a “logic bomb” in the company’s computer systems. Mr. Lin modified existing computer code and added additional code in response to fears that he would be out of a job following Medco’s spin-off from Merck and Co. The “logic bomb” was set to detonate on Mr. Lin’s birthday and would wipe out computer servers on Medco’s network. Notwithstanding the fact that he was not laid off, he set the logic bomb to deploy. A systems administrator discovered the logic bomb a few months before its detonation date. Mr. Lin was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $81,200 to his former employer.