By David Kravets
July 17, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's "rogue" computer admin accused of
commandeering the city's exclusive network passwords has offered to hand
them over, his attorney said Thursday.
The jailed defendant, Terry Childs, 43, pleaded not guilty Thursday to
four felony counts of denying access to the city's network and of
producing an unauthorized access device to control the government's
Childs is being held on $5 million bail, as the authorities fear he
could unleash a wave of attacks on the FiberWAN system Childs built. It
controls the city's e-mails, payroll, law enforcement records and other
Security officials said the hijacking could have been avoided had the
city undertaken proper security measures.
Childs' attorney, Erin Crane, said that the ordeal is one "big
"As the case unfolds, you'll see that," Crane said. "He's been willing
to hand over the passwords since Tuesday."
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