By Steven Musil
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
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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