Update: Rogue Admin Returns Control of San Francisco Network

The Sanfrancisco Chronicle reports that after a secret visit by the mayor of San Francisco, the network administrator who locked the cities technology staff out of the network surrendered his password.
See earlier coverage of this story.

Terry Child’s defense attorney, Erin Crane, claimed that Mr. Childs was merely protecting the network from incompetent staff, and there was no clear policy who he was authorized to release the systems master password to in such a situation.


“Mr. Childs had good reason to be protective of the password,” Crane said. “His co-workers and supervisors had in the past maliciously damaged the system themselves, hindered his ability to maintain it … and shown complete indifference to maintaining it themselves.

“He was the only person in that department capable of running that system,” Crane said. “There have been no established policies in place to even dictate who would be the appropriate person to hand over the password to.”

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