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FBI: Fannie target of malicious code

Foiled attack was intended to take down 4,000 servers

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A software engineer who was fired from his job as a contractor for Fannie Mae is accused of planting a malicious script that could have wiped out the data on all 4,000 of the company's servers and halted the processing of mortgages for at least a week had it not been discovered, authorities said.Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana, who the FBI said was employed by OmniTech as a contractor at Fannie Mae's Urbana, Md., facility for three years, is accused of planting the script on Oct. 24.The script, which was scheduled to run on Jan. 31, was discovered five days after Makwana was fired, the FBI said in a criminal complaint. "Had this malicious script executed, (Fannie Mae) engineers expect it would have caused millions of dollars of damage and reduced if not shutdown operations at (Fannie Mae) for at least one week," the FBI alleged in the complaint.Damage would have included cleaning out and restoring all 4,000 Fannie Mae servers, restoring and securing the automation of mortgages,...