THE INMATES ARE RUNNING THE ASYLUM
MECHANICS ARE DRIVING YOUR CAR WHEREVER THEY WANT
THE TECHS ARE TAKING OVER THE SYSTEM
AND THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
Weird Little Nerds Think The World Revolves Around Them
The scary part? It does. As demonstrated by the ongoing crisis in San Francisco's municipal data networks, the little weenies who spend their lives tapping out "code" are firmly in command. By simply imagining that they are in charge, without troubling themselves to verify that notion, city administrators have allowed one possibly (typically) sociopathic geek to take over and sabotage their entire city.
Apparently, this douche bag was the only one in the entire city government to have the master passwords for the system. In other words, nobody could get in, or get anything out, if he didn't want them to. And if the disgruntled little dweeb decided to trash the entire system and all the data on it, no one could stop him. So he did.
We're talking city records here: Property records; tax records; birth, death & marriage records; payroll & contracts; personnel & medical files; plans & inspection records; the whole sweet patootie. Your tax dollars at work, Shakeypeople.
To gain some insight into the mind of a dork, check out the comments posted to this story in the SF Gate. About half are the same sort of malcontent that pulled this on the city. And all of them claim to be SYSADMINS. You know, those malicious gnomes who run computer networks. Like this one. Shhh... Did you hear something? Ah, it was probly nothing...
"Inside the mind - and config - of Terry Childs"
I worked with Terry Childs at one time and I did not have much of a problem with him. He seemed to be a good guy but liked to take shortcuts and as usual with most of the WAN crowd if it has green lights on it we are good to go. He was very hands on and if he had problems with someone like people on the short bus trying to take over I would say he felt backed into a corner. I do not like people touching my work nor my laptop nor any of my network if they are not qualified to even plug in a toaster. I am sure he felt the same. '
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Tech rigged S.F. computer meltdown, prosecutors say"
Terry Childs envisioned the ultimate revenge on his bosses, prosecutors say - the meltdown of the city's computer network at the flick of a switch. And it would come not directly at the hands of Childs, but during routine system maintenance at the building that houses the city's Technology Department. '
"San Francisco Regains Control Of City Network After Mayor's Visit"
The San Francisco city has regained control of its computer systems after Mayor Mayor Gavin Newsom paid a secret visit to imprisoned IT expert Terry Childs. At the meeting which took place at the city jail, Terry Childs made the mayor’s day and gave him the modified passwords. Meanwhile, Erin Crane, Terry Childs' defense attorney, claims that his client was trying to protect the City's IT systems from incompetent city hall officials, who were in fact trying to make him leave his job, by damaging the system and preventing Terry Childs from maintaining it. "None of the persons who [previously] requested the password information from Mr. Childs ... were qualified to have it," she said in a court filing. '.
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