logic bomb

noun

: a computer program often hidden within another seemingly innocuous program that is designed to perform usually malicious actions (such as deleting files) when certain conditions have been met

Examples of logic bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to a charging document filed in US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the logic bombs Tinley surreptitiously planted into his projects caused them to malfunction after a certain preset amount of time. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 19 Dec. 2019 Your Content is not technically harmful (including, without limitation, viruses, logic bombs, Trojan horses, worms, harmful components, corrupted data or other malicious software, harmful data or conduct). Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Jan. 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of logic bomb was in 1978

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“Logic bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logic%20bomb. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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