logic bomb


Definition of logic bomb

: 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, "Contractor admits planting logic bombs in his software to ensure he’d get new work," 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, "Reader Submission Terms and Community Guidelines," 13 Jan. 2015

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First Known Use of logic bomb

1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Logic bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logic%20bomb. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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