Another disgruntled IT worked causing mayhem, remember the guy that destroyed all the medical records?
He got a pretty hefty sentence, now we have another who has locked everyone out of the new ‘state of the art’ computer network in San Fransisco – he’s on a $5 million dollar bail so I’d say he’s in big trouble too.
A disgruntled city computer engineer has virtually commandeered San Francisco’s new multimillion-dollar computer network, altering it to deny access to top administrators even as he sits in jail on $5 million bail, authorities said Monday.
Terry Childs, a 43-year-old computer network administrator who lives in Pittsburg, has been charged with four counts of computer tampering and is scheduled to be arraigned today.
Prosecutors say Childs, who works in the Department of Technology at a base salary of just over $126,000, tampered with the city’s new FiberWAN (Wide Area Network), where records such as officials’ e-mails, city payroll files, confidential law enforcement documents and jail inmates’ bookings are stored.
He was pretty well paid it seems and he must have had top level access to the entire WAN infrastructure as he has managed to lock everyone out. Thankfully the system is still running and there appears to have been no damage so far but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some backdoor or logic bomb that can wipe out all the records and data.
I think the Government and the law enforcement guys need to handle this very carefully.
Childs created a password that granted him exclusive access to the system, authorities said. He initially gave pass codes to police, but they didn’t work. When pressed, Childs refused to divulge the real code even when threatened with arrest, they said.
He was taken into custody Sunday. City officials said late Monday that they had made some headway into cracking his pass codes and regaining access to the system.
Childs has worked for the city for about five years. One official with knowledge of the case said he had been disciplined on the job in recent months for poor performance and that his supervisors had tried to fire him.
“They weren’t able to do it – this was kind of his insurance policy,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the attempted firing was a personnel matter.
Seems like he was trying to play the get out of jail free card…I’m not sure it’ll work though. I’d say he’s heading for big trouble…and however secure it is if they have physical access to the systems it’s only a matter of time before they crack his passwords and regain control of the system.
Then Mr. Childs your power play is finished and you are looking at a few years of having your backdoor cracked..