By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
Feb 17, 2009
He's been in jail for seven months now, but former San Francisco network
administrator Terry Childs says he's going to keep fighting to prove
he's innocent of computer crime charges.
Childs was arrested on July 12, charged with disrupting the City of San
Francisco's Wide Area Network during a tense standoff with management.
In his first interview since the arrest, given a week ago, Childs
contended that he did nothing illegal while working for the city and
argued that his actions, depicted as criminal by prosecutors, were in
line with standard network security practices. The criminal court case
before him prevented him from commenting in much detail on the case, but
he outlined his defense in recently filed court documents, describing a
tense July 9 stand-off with police and city officials.
That afternoon Childs "unwittingly" found himself in a surprise meeting
in the city's Hall of Justice, where Childs maintained network
facilities. At the meeting were his boss, DTIC Chief Operations Officer
Richard Robinson, San Francisco Police Department Chief Information
Officer Greg Yee and human resources representative Vitus Leung. On the
phone were engineers, listening in to confirm whether the passwords he
gave were correct.
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