‘Direct from the “you can’t make this up” department, this news started floating around a couple days ago:
JULY 15, 2008 | 11:55 AM – Right now, San Francisco computer experts are frantically trying to crack an exclusive administrative password of one of their former computer engineers who”s sitting in jail for basically holding the city”s new multimillion-dollar network hostage. Terry Childs, 43, is cooling his heels in the slammer on charges of computer tampering for configuring sole admin control of the city”s new FiberWAN network so that no other IT officials can have administrative rights to the network, which contains email, payroll, law enforcement, and inmate booking files’ apps and data, according to a published report. Childs apparently gave some passwords to police that didn”t work, and refused to give up his magic credentials when they threatened to arrest him. Seems he set up the password lockout to ensure he didn”t get fired after he was cited for poor performance on the job.
There really isn’t much to say, but if you are a kick ass pen tester in the Bay area (perhaps someone booked for a lewd offense you wouldn’t like to see plastered on the Internet) I suspect there’s a potential gig out there for you.