Logic Bombs

dreamstime_8072187Like other viruses, logic bombs are designed to cause harm to your computer. Logic bombs, however, only trigger when specific conditions are met. For example a computer programmer may insert code into a payroll program that deletes files if their name is not found on the list. This means that files will be deleted if she is ever fired.

A company named Omega Engineering lost millions of dollars as a result of a logic bomb left by a former employee.

Other viruses, sometimes called time bombs, may only detonate on a specific date or time.   An example of this is the Jerusalem virus which, every Friday the 13th, deletes all the files on an infected computer.

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