The Justice Department says it foiled a plot by a fired Fannie Mae contract worker in Maryland to destroy all the data on the mortgage giant's 4,000 computer servers nationwide.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 35-year-old Rajendrasinh Makwana, of Glen Allen, Va., is scheduled for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on one count of computer intrusion.
U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says Makwana was fired Oct. 24.
Rosenstein says that on that day, Makwana programmed a computer with a malicious code that was set to spread throughout the Fannie Mae network and destroy all data this Saturday.
I'm inclined to believe in the disgruntled employee scenario. I mean, it's not like there's really been any big push to investigate the shenanigans at Fannie Mae that helped put us in the financial shape we are now, and I don't believe there will be.
But you never know. If there can be 18 minute tape gaps and inadvertently deleted executive branch emails, it certainly isn't beyond the realm of possibility that an accidentally on purpose deletion of the Fannie Mae data base wouldn't be smiled upon by some in very high places.