Fannie Mae worker accused of planting malware timebomb

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

According to media reports, a federal grand jury in Maryland has indicted a 35-year-old man for planting a malicious script, designed to destroy data on the US financial giant’s servers.

Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana, worked for three years as a software engineer contractor at Fannie Mae’s offices in Maryland, where he is said to have had access to all of the company’s 4000 servers.

Makwana, who is an Indian citizen but now lives in Glen Allen, Virginia, is alleged to have embedded destructive code on the server designed to trigger at 9:00 am on January 31st, 2009 wiping out all data across the network by overwriting it with zeroes.

According to documents presented to the court, Fannie Mae terminated Makwana’s employment at their 247,000 square foot Urbana Technology Center on October 24th, 2008, and the malicious script…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.