In January 2009, Unix engineer and IT contractor Rajendrasinh Makwana was indicted in U.S. federal court for allegedly planting a "server bomb" on Fannie Mae's servers. Makwana, who had been a temporary contract worker at the mortgage giant, was charged with embedding a malicious script in fall 2008. The script was to go off on Jan. 31, 2009 and "would have disabled monitoring alerts and all log-ins, deleted the root passwords to the approximately 4,000 Fannie Mae servers, then erased all data and backup data on those servers by overwriting with zeros," causing millions of dollars in damage, according to a Computerworld article. By chance, a Fannie Mae employee discovered the malicious script before it went off. Makwana has been released on $100,000 bond and is awaiting trial.
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