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Comment Re:guilty of what? (Score 1) 982

Agree. Even if he wasn't guilty, the owners of the equipment need enough information to keep running if he gets hit by a bus, and any ethical admin would be quite willing to oblige (our typically large egos imply wanting others to view our work positively).

Even if he wasn't convicted, he should not have ever gotten a job in IT again.

Comment Re:Soooo (Score 1) 982

It was set up so that a password reset would conveniently wipe the firmware and settings. A perfectly good and quite complex configuration down the drain. And that would mean downtime.

Comment Re:honestly... (Score 1) 530

Except that the contract of Childs said that he was not allowed to tell anyone but the mayor. They were asking him over a teleconference, where he didn't know who was on the other side (except that the mayor was not). He was thinking that he would be liable if he did give over the password.

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