Tuesday, July 15, 2008

SF Held Captive

This story has legs...a disgruntled San Francisco city computer engineer is currently being held on $5M bail for refusing to divulge the password he used to lock all other administrators out of the city WAN network! Authorities claim that Terry Childs may also have an accomplice remotely accessing & deleting files. This seems a little far-fetched since obviously Childs could have engineered this instead of, or in addition to his password trick at the same time.

While this standoff continues it's interesting to muse on how much of our lives depend on data that could easily be compromised by a malicious computer administrator who may just as easily be thousands of miles away.

Link to story at SFGate

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