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Software "time bomber" goes to prison 

By Lisa M. Bowman 
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
February 27, 2002, 1:20 PM PT

The perpetrator of an unusual act of computer sabotage will begin
serving a 41-month prison sentence May 1.

Timothy Allen Lloyd, 39, was sentenced to prison Wednesday for
concocting a computer "time bomb" that deleted programs on his former
employer's computer network 20 days after he left high-tech
measurement company Omega Engineering.

Lloyd lost his job at Omega on July 10, 1996, after a 10-year stint
with the company. On July 30, he activated a "time bomb" that
destroyed Omega's manufacturing software programs.

A jury in a Newark, N.J., federal court convicted Lloyd in May 2000 of
one count of causing irreparable damage to Omega. Prosecutors said
Lloyd's actions cost the company $10 million.

The conviction was set aside in July after a juror said she may have
been affected by publicity surrounding a high-profile virus that was
released in May. However, an appeals court reinstated the conviction
last October.

Lloyd's attorney did not immediately return requests for comment.


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