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Thursday, April 29, 2010

IT guy locked bosses out of computer system

In San Francisco, one of the city's former IT workers has been convicted for refusing to give his bosses the passwords to the city's network. He was afraid that he was going to be laid off, prosecutors said, and he was upset about them digging into his old robbery conviction. The defense, though, said he only refused to give out the passwords because he was "paranoid" about security, and they had called him on an unsecure line.

The jury found him guilty, the Chronicle reports, but they sympathized with him, too.

"Management did everything they possibly could wrong," Chilton said. "There was ineffective management, ineffective communication. I think that if they put the city on trial, they would be guilty, too."

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