A San Francisco municipal employee is charged with hacking the city's computer system and creating a secret password that gave him virtually exclusive access to most of the city's municipal data.Hey, wait just a minute: "a secret password?" What the hell other kind of password is there, anyway?
While in jail, held on $5 million bail, he still has refused to reveal the password that would give full access to the network back to city employees, city officials say.If I'm that IT guy, I'm telling them: I'm not talking to you clowns. Go get Detectives Green and Fontana to interrogate me, then bring in Jack McCoy and a few of his attractive associates to negotiate my plea bargain, which will be: you get your password, and I plead guilty to, let's say, some "D" misdemeanor -- time served, and a $5 fine. Case closed, dudes, and next time, learn some CS instead of jacking around in law school.
Terry Childs, 43, will plead not guilty in court today, his lawyer told ABCNews.com.
Childs, an employee of the city's Department of Technology, was arrested Sunday and charged with four counts of computer network tampering.
"He was able to prevent other authorized users from being able to access the system, and at same time, put in place devices that gave him access to areas of the network which he was not authorized to access," said Erica Derryck, spokeswoman for the San Francisco district attorney's office.
Of course it's too much to hope for, but I'd like to see Mr. Childs's next job be with some part of the Fed'rul Gooberment. Ideally, in the Pentagon.