[ISN] San Francisco Computer System Hijacker Has Criminal Record

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 12:04:50 -0500 (CDT)

By Antone Gonsalves
July 16, 2008

A San Francisco computer engineer arrested for allegedly locking out 
system administrators from the city's network has a criminal record for 
aggravated robbery in another state.

In addition, Terry Childs, 43, of Pittsburg, Calif., is still being paid 
his six-figure salary while he sits in jail, refusing to divulge the 
password he created to hijack the computer system that stores 60% of all 
city government data, including e-mails, law enforcement records, and 
payroll documents, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Childs was arraigned Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court on four 
felony counts of computer tampering. He was being held Wednesday in lieu 
of $5 million bail.

Childs, who works for the city's technology department, is accused of 
locking out other system administrators after they started asking 
questions about a run-in he had with the department's head of security. 
The suspect has refused to divulge the password that would unlock the 
system, which remains operational.


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