By Elinor Mills
September 11, 2008
San Francisco officials are trying to find a device on the city's
computer network that was allegedly left there by an IT worker who was
jailed for refusing to divulge passwords to the city network, the IDG
News Service reported on Thursday.
San Francisco network administrator Terry Childs was arrested in July on
four felony charges of taking control of the city's computer network and
locking administrators out. He remains in jail on $5 million bail
despite giving up the passwords to the mayor in a secret jail cell
meeting a week later.
The device, which appears to be a router providing remote access to the
city's fiber Wide Area Network, was discovered on August 28, the report
However, officials didn't know where the device was located and didn't
have the user name and password to access it. When they tried to log in,
a message was displayed that said the system was the "personal property
of Terry S. Childs," according to a screenshot officials filed with the
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