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Report: SF officials looking for hidden network device




Report: SF officials looking for hidden network device
Report: SF officials looking for hidden network device



http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10039650-83.html 

By Elinor Mills
Security 
Cnet News
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 
says.

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 
court.


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