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Old Aug 8th, 2010, 03:49 PM   #1
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Exclamation An I.T. Political Prisoner.

Your brain probably thought, after reading the headline, that this was about some lone wolf network dude in Iran, or Saudi Arabia, or China.

Nope. This is the good ol' U.S. of A.

What I can't believe is that this guys pent 755 days awaiting trial, and was not out on bail during that time! Murderers are treated better than this guy!

Political Prisoner Terry Childs

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Terry Childs was sentenced to four years in prison for protecting his network. The network of the city of San Francisco. He was protecting it from ego-tripping arse-licking people in management who are to this day totally lacking in IT skills. Terry Childs refused to turn over the network passwords to those jackasses and became IT's first high-profile political prisoner.

Terry Childs was put in jail 755 days ago. That's over two years already sitting in a tangerine coloured jumpsuit as a guest of the government. For doing the right thing - for doing specifically what his charter of employment demanded he do.
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And as soon as the airheads got their hands on the network, things started going down. Going down in a network that had run without incident as long as people could remember. Suddenly people's login credentials got printed in court documents. Smart guys alright.
(Rixstep) and here's BusinessWeek's take on the story.
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Old Aug 8th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #2
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I wouldn't exactly call Rixstep a credible source or opinion on this story.
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Old Aug 8th, 2010, 07:34 PM   #3
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I read both articles and from what I can tell, the guy refused to do what his superiors told him to do--costing the city almost $1 million by refusing. He's no political prisoner, just a guy who grandstanded instead of doing as he was asked.
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Old Aug 8th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #4
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I think if we read between the lines, the likely reason the superior wanted the passwords was so he could fire the employee.

However at some point it makes more sense to just turn it over, quit, and laugh like mad as viruses and hackers clobber the system.

Another thought is that any system this large should have at least two IT types with full access. People do go on vacation or get hurt in accidents.
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I think if we read between the lines, the likely reason the superior wanted the passwords was so he could fire the employee.

However at some point it makes more sense to just turn it over, quit, and laugh like mad as viruses and hackers clobber the system.
Sounds more than likely. Passing him off as some sort of hero is a sad business. He's an ordinary prisoner, not a political prisoner.
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Old Aug 8th, 2010, 10:40 PM   #6
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I'm supposed to feel sorry for an IT guy that's in jail? I'm sorry, but as far as I'm concerned, there should be a lot more useless IT guys sitting in the slammer.
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I'm supposed to feel sorry for an IT guy that's in jail? I'm sorry, but as far as I'm concerned, there should be a lot more useless IT guys sitting in the slammer.
If the guy had refused to hand over the keys to an IT system he was running on behalf of a group of left-wing "activists" they'd have been calling for his head on a platter.
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Old Aug 9th, 2010, 02:21 AM   #8
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it's kind of insane that he got jail time. why would any large scale government office or company have only ONE person who knew the admin password, and not have any hard copy (perhaps in a safe)?? That's just poor planning and management.

what if the dude died? would the network be forever inaccessible?
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it's kind of insane that he got jail time. why would any large scale government office or company have only ONE person who knew the admin password, and not have any hard copy (perhaps in a safe)?? That's just poor planning and management.

what if the dude died? would the network be forever inaccessible?
Poor planning on the city's part... and $900,000 worth of damages on dude's part.
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Another thought is that any system this large should have at least two IT types with full access. People do go on vacation or get hurt in accidents.
I think there is a LOT more to this story than both sides are telling, because it makes no sense that one person even could have sole control over a system of that magnitude.
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