SysAdmin Locks up San Francisco’s Computer Network

An unhappy computer engineer is accused of sabotaging San Francisco’s multimillion-dollar computer system, which stores city records such as e-mails, payroll files, and law enforcement documents. Terry Childs, 43, of Pittsburg, Calif., was being held Tuesday on $5 million bail. The computer network administrator has been charged with four counts of computer tampering, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

According to the office of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Childs made changes to the city’s Fibre WAN (wide area network), allegedly rendering it inaccessible to administrators. He also “set up devices to gain unauthorized access to the system,” the DA’s office said in a statement.

The Fibre WAN is used to connect computers in buildings throughout the city and carries about 60 percent of the networking traffic for the city government. On Tuesday it was functioning normally, but the city no longer has administrative access to the switches and routers on the network, according to Ron Vinson, chief administrative officer with the city’s Department of Telecommunication Information Services. “It was a little unnerving to discover that this person had created this freedom of access to our network,” he said.

Source: PC World

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