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SF network admin takes network hostage

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A network administrator named Terry Childs, [formerly] employed by the city of San Francisco, has reset router and switch passwords to the city’s fiber WAN, blocking access by other admins. Additionally, Childs has “set up devices to gain unauthorized access to the system” according to charges filed by DA Kamala Harris.

The network itself is still alive and functioning, but at this point no changes can be made to the devices on the WAN which is responsible for carrying around 60% of the municipal government’s network traffic.

No word yet on exactly why Childs may have done this, but if he does not release the password and it cannot be cracked, it could cost the city around $250k to replace the effected devices.

If convicted, Childs could face up to seven years in prison.

[Via Computerworld]

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