By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
April 27, 2010
Terry Childs, the San Francisco network administrator who refused to
hand over passwords to his boss, was found guilty of one felony count of
denying computer services, a jury found Tuesday.
Childs now faces a maximum of five years in prison after jurors
determined that he had violated California's computer crime law by
refusing to hand over passwords to the city's FiberWAN to Richard
Robinson, the chief operations officer for the city's Department of
Technology and Information Services (DTIS).
Although the city's network continued to run, San Francisco went 12 days
without administrative control of the FiberWAN, and that constituted a
denial of service -- illegal under state law.
Childs' lawyers had argued that he was a buttoned-down,
security-obsessed administrator who believed he was simply doing his
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