time bomb

(redirected from Timebomb)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.

time bomb

(software, security)
A subspecies of logic bomb that is triggered by reaching some preset time, either once or periodically. There are numerous legends about time bombs set up by programmers in their employers' machines, to go off if the programmer is fired or laid off and is not present to perform the appropriate suppressing action periodically.

Interestingly, the only such incident for which we have been pointed to documentary evidence took place in the Soviet Union in 1986! A disgruntled programmer at the Volga Automobile Plant (where the Fiat clones called Ladas were manufactured) planted a time bomb which, a week after he'd left on vacation, stopped the entire main assembly line for a day. The case attracted lots of attention in the Soviet Union because it was the first cracking case to make it to court there. The perpetrator got 3 years in jail.
References in periodicals archive ?
Lucie Russell, campaigns director at charity YoungMinds, said: "We are sitting on a mental health timebomb. Every day we hear about the toxic climate children and young people face in a 24/7 online culture where they can never switch off.
Rob Tolan, of grantgiving charity Elizabeth Finn Care which commissioned the survey, said: "This is no longer simply about ensuring that a generation of young people do not become lost to work, it has also become a battle to diffuse what has become a mental health timebomb."
Lebanon's notorious Roumieh prison has been dubbed "a timebomb waiting to explode" by a high security official, according to the leftist daily AS SAFIR Tuesday.
She said: "Children who are being exposed in schools could die in their 40s." Ms Corfield added: "Schools are a ticking timebomb." A Welsh Assembly Government spokesman said: "Local Education Authorities (LEAs) as the building owner and employer are required to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulation 2006.
"It is a potential timebomb. Employers could be faced with a multitude of claims from all groups of people who could potentially be affected by the discriminatory nature of an advertisement."
But if shes secretly hung up on u this cld b a ticking timebomb in ur rel'shp n u may hav 2 confess n beg ur girl 2 4giv u.
The grandmother-of-two is now mounting a landmark legal fight but fears a ticking timebomb of other school cancer cases affecting staff and pupils.
Philip Lewis, the Bishop of Bradford's adviser on interfaith issues, worries that, with high Asian unemployment, Bradford is sitting on a `demographic timebomb' that could explode in further violence.
The search for solutions to the year 2000 "millennium timebomb" is likely to cause a major shake up in the supply chain.
THE UK is facing a "health timebomb" because children have too much sugary food in their packed lunches.
BIG BROTHER Tue-Fri C5 9/10pm NEW SERIES Rylan Clark admits he's a huge fan of BB and reveals the theme of the new season is 'Timebomb'.