Feeds

San Francisco's 'rogue' sysadmin faces trial

Bail reduction refused

Boost IT visibility and business value

Terry Childs, the allegedly rogue sysadmin accused of locking San Francisco authorities out of their own network at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, will stand trial on four charges of tampering with a computer network.

At a preliminary hearing last week, a judge ruled there was enough evidence of his probable guilt to go forward to trial, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. His arraignment hearing was scheduled for January 13.

Childs, 44, from Pittsburg, has been held on $5m bail since July. He allegedly withheld a master password to San Francisco's new FiberWAN municipal network, which he created and ran. FiberWAN reportedly handles about 60 per cent of the city's data, including police and payroll records.

Officials were locked out of the network for almost two weeks in July. Childs eventually gave up the password after a jail visit from San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom.

In an unsuccessful bid to have his bail reduced, Childs' lawyer argued that he had created the password to protect FiberWAN. "Mr Childs had good reason to be protective of that network," said defence lawyer Erin Crane. "His co-workers and supervisors had in the past maliciously damaged the system themselves.

"He was the only person in the department capable of running that system."

Prosecutors have claimed that Childs created and withheld the password as an "insurance policy" against being fired. Prior to the lockout he was the subject of disciplinary procedures for allegedly poor performance, they said.

In September it was reported that the total cost of the incident could exceed $1m. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?
Do Brits risk arrest for watching beheading video nasty? We asked the fuzz
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco
'Reset rating keeps secrets on one-dole-to-rule-them-all plan', say MPs
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours
US judge questions harsh sentence sought by prosecutors
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'
Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue – interim commish
This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives
Department of Transportation starts cogs turning for another wireless comms standard
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.