Friday, July 25, 2008

San Francisco DA Discloses City's Network Passwords

Robert McMillan writes on

In its bid to protect the city from one computer security risk, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office may very well have created another.

The office of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has made public close to 150 usernames and passwords used by various departments to connect to the city's virtual private network. The passwords were filed this week as Exhibit A in a court document arguing against a reduction in US$5 million bail in the case of Terry Childs, who is accused of holding the city's network hostage by refusing to give up administrative networking passwords. Childs was arrested July 12 on charges of computer tampering and is being held in the county jail.

Though they placed the passwords in the public record, city prosecutors do seem to think that they are sensitive.

More here.


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