Logic bomb in “Whac-A-Mole” Games

Only the government can get away with creating problems and then charging to fix them.

It wasn’t a club but a computer virus that shut down the Whac-A-Mole and more than 400 other games built by Bob’s Space Racers in Holly Hill. The company traced the problem back to computer programmer Marvin Wimberly.

Faced with a pay cut, police believe Wimberly programmed games to fail, ensuring he would be needed and keep making money.

Each game, after turning on and off a certain number of times, sometimes 50, sometimes 500, would fail. Wimberly would be paid to fix it, and police reports say, he would insert a new virus with a new countdown.

via Cops: Orlando Man Sabotaged “Whac-A-Mole” Games – News Story – WFTV Orlando.

Interesting comments at Schneier on Security: Malware as Job Security.

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