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Former govt contractor sentenced in “logic bomb” national security case

GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, Senior United States District Judge Malcom J. Howard, sentenced MITTESH DAS, 49, of Atlanta, Georgia, to 24 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay 1.5 million dollars in restitution.

On September 20, 2017, a federal jury found DAS guilty of knowingly transmitting malicious code with the intent to cause damage to a U.S. Army computer used in furtherance of national security.

A Grand Jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina indicted DAS on April 5, 2016 for conduct that occurred in 2014.

In November of 2014, a national level computer program responsible for handling pay and personnel actions for nearly 200,000 U.S. Army reservists began experiencing unusual issues. Five of the servers associated with the program are located at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Standard internal troubleshooting uncovered...(continued)

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