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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