The San Francisco computer engineer charged with masterminding a cyber-coup of the city's network is being paid as he sits in jail, refusing to allow other administrators to get into the system that controls e-mails, law enforcement records and payroll documents, authorities said Tuesday.
Childs was part of the team that built FiberWAN (wide area network) , the backbone of the city's computer network, said Ron Vinson, chief administrative officer for the Technology Department. The system stores about 60 percent of all city government data.
Childs' bosses ordered him to leave work July 9 for alleged insubordination, but they continue to pay his $127,735-a-year salary.
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