February 27, 2002 1:20 PM PST
Software "time bomber" goes to prison
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.