Network Admin Planned Meltdown?

Susan Hall

So the mayor got the keys to the city -- computer system, that is -- but the network administrator accused of locking down the system apparently won't get out of jail anytime soon, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.


At a hearing to determine whether the $5 million bail set for Terry Childs should be reduced, prosecutors presented evidence that Childs had rigged the system to melt down during routine system maintenance and used more than 1,000 computer modems in locked cabinets to tinker with the system without his bosses knowing about it.


They said the booby-trap, found before routine maintenance last Saturday, would have vaporized files from the city's police records, payroll and other sensitive information. And apparently the city's tech people still haven't been able to access certain parts of the system, according to InfoWorld.


Childs' lawyer, Erin Crane, is arguing his bosses are creating a false image of Childs as a "rogue employee" out to terrorize the city because they resent his expertise.


Childs' bail was not reduced.

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