Beep-bop, Beep-bop – If CTU were on the case then with a swift ‘open a port’, a few keystrokes and the locked-out San Francisco city network would be re-opened and passwords reset.
But this is reality and
according to Network World
“Last Sunday, Terry Childs, a network administrator employed by the City of San Francisco, was arrested and taken into custody, charged with four counts of computer tampering. He remains in jail, held on $5 million bail. News reports have depicted a rogue admin taking a network hostage for reasons unknown“.
To me this highlights a number of issues, three of which are:
- How dumb smart people can be (often IT Management)
- How secure commercially available equipment and software is
- How much internal threats out-weigh external threats
Terry should now be thinking about giving up the codes. Throwing a wobbly because somebody has broken your favourite coffee mug is probably not a good reason to hold a city to ransom. He might get re-classified as an urban terrorist and from there it is only a small step to a visit to the Guantanamo Water Park