SF computer network passwords made public

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Only days after the city of San Francisco regained control of its computer network after administrators were locked out of the network, a new vulnerability has come to light – only this time, it was caused by the city itself.

The district attorney’s office has apparently made public nearly 150 usernames and passwords used by officials to gain access to the network, after it submitted to the court as Exhibit A in a case against Terry Childs, the network admin who was arrested on July 13 on four felony charges of tampering with the network.

Exhibit A was submitted as evidence after the defendant was asking a reduction of $5 million bail that was previously set for Childs. Despite calling the passwords pose an "imminent threat" to the network, they are now on public records.

However, a source has told InfoWorld that a second password is needed to gain access to the network; but giving the so-called ‘phase one’ passwords was not recommended.

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