By David Kravets
July 23, 2008
A judge on Wednesday refused to free the jailed San Francisco admin who
hijacked the city's network a week ago after a prosecutor said the
defendant rigged it for "failure" under a power outage.
Terry Childs, a city employee who helped build the government's FiberWan
network containing city e-mails, payroll, police records and other
information, gave up the passwords Monday -- access codes he
commandeered a week before while freezing out others. He provided them
to Mayor Gavin Newsom in a secret jailhouse interview.
In arguing against freeing Childs, prosecutor Conrad DelRosario told
Superior Court Judge Lucy McCabe that Childs poses a threat to the
public. The prosecutor said Childs rigged the network so that key
programs were held in RAM files that would implode during a power
He said there was a July 19 scheduled power outage in the network admin
building that was canceled as a precaution when forensic experts were
trying to crack the code and get back into the network, which was
running smoothly despite the city's inability to access it.
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