A contract employee for Siemens Corporation at the Monroeville, PA, location got six months in prison followed by two years of supervised release and a fine of $7,500 after he pleaded guilty for causing intentional damage to a protected computer.
David Tinley, 62, of Harrison City, PA, received the sentence after he inserted logic bombs into computer programs he designed for Siemens Corporation. He pleaded guilty in federal court in July.
Starting in 2014 and continuing until May 13, 2016, Tinley intentionally inserted the logic bombs in the computer programs, according to court documents.
The logic bombs ensured the programs would malfunction after the expiration of a certain date. As a result, Siemens was unaware of the cause of the malfunction and required Tinley to fix these malfunctions.
Tinley faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.