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Jailed SF network administrator faces fewer charges




Jailed SF network administrator faces fewer charges
Jailed SF network administrator faces fewer charges



http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10315708-83.html 

By Steven Musil
Security
CNet News
August 23, 2009

A judge has dismissed most of the charges against a former San Francisco 
network administrator accused of hijacking the city's computer network 
he designed and maintained.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Kevin McCarthy on Friday tossed three 
tampering charges against Terry Childs, while preserving a lone charge 
of denying city authorities access to the network, according to a report 
in the San Francisco Chronicle. Childs, who has been in custody since 
July 2008, had worked at San Francisco's Department of Telecommunication 
Information Services for five years. Childs, 44, is being held on $5 
million bail.

Childs had formerly been accused of tampering with the city's Fiber Wide 
Area Network after allegedly being disciplined for poor performance. He 
was also accused of electronically spying on his supervisors and their 
attempt to fire him.

Childs is still charged with denying other administrators access to the 
system, which maintains about 60 percent of the city's law enforcement, 
payroll, and jail-booking records. Childs reportedly refused to 
surrender secret codes that would allow access to the system.

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