Former SF worker who hijacked network must pay city $1.5 million 

A judge Tuesday ordered a former city worker who locked San Francisco out of its main computer network for 12 days in 2008 to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors had sought the money from Terry Childs, a former Department of Technology network engineer, to repay The City for its efforts in trying to regain control over the FiberWAN network and later test it for vulnerabilities. City officials had been worried that Childs, who helped set up the network but clashed with his supervisors, might try to sabotage it.

Childs claimed he never intended any harm, but did not trust his superiors with the passwords. He eventually gave the passwords to then-Mayor Gavin Newsom in a jail cell visit, and after spending the next two years in custody, was convicted of one felony count and sentenced to four years in prison.

Superior Court Judge Teri Jackson Tuesday ordered Childs, 46, to pay The City $1,485,791, according to District Attorney’s Office spokesman Seth Steward.

Childs’ attorney was not immediately available for comment.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

 

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