logic bomb


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logic bomb

[′läj·ik ‚bäm]
(computer science)
A computer program that destroys data, generally immediately after it has been loaded.

logic bomb

(programming, security)
Code surreptitiously inserted into an application or operating system that causes it to perform some destructive or security-compromising activity whenever specified conditions are met.

Compare back door.

logic bomb

A program routine that destroys data when certain conditions are met; for example, it may reformat the hard disk or insert random bits into data files on a certain date or if a particular employee record is missing from the employee database. Many viruses are logic bombs because they deliver their payload after a specific latency or when a trigger event occurs. See virus, latency and payload.
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Even the smallest, poorest country can find the resources to fund intrusions, computer viruses, logic bombs and system manipulations in the global Internet to which the US military's [C.sup.4]I structure is not only attached but embedded.
2008, Fannie Mae- A logic bomb from a contract engineer, who had recently been terminated, attempted to delete data on more than 4,000 servers.
Suppose, for example, that Harry plants his logic bomb on a single machine, and that after Harry has disconnected, the program that he loaded transfers a virus to other computers in other states.
This type is often called a time bomb or logic bomb. Bombs are programs that remain dormant until activated by a date, time, use, function, or the number of times a particular function is performed.
A recent example includes an attack by a group called Sandworm, which was part of a larger network that hacked into dozens of Ukrainian governmental organisations and penetrated the networks of victims ranging from media outlets to railway firms, detonating logic bombs and destroying terabytes of data.
"Of particular concern is the possibility that even small countries and non-state vigilantes could launch a cyberattack using so-called 'logic bombs' that could disrupt the vital infrastructure facilities of the United States or other countries," he explained.
Malicious codes (logic programs that contain executable statements) take various forms, including viruses, Trojan horses, worms and or logic bombs.
It will also identify any logic bombs hidden in the malware waiting for a trigger to cause damage at a later time.
More basic weapons designed to destroy data at a given time, such as kill switches, logic bombs etc.
Wenlong further describes several types of attacks that might be deployed in cyberwarfare, including "logic bombs," software implanted in enemy's network that later can be triggered to cause crucial systems to crash.