Former State Technology Chief won't be Charged

Former State Technology Chief won't be Charged

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah's former state technology chief will NOT be charged for hacking into the state's Web site, in what he called a test of the software.

Investigators and prosecutors from the Utah Attorney General's Office Thursday cleared Phil Windley, who is Governor Mike Leavitt's one-time chief information officer, of criminal wrongdoing in his impromptu software test May 15th.

Windley resigned after questions came up about his hiring practices. An audit found that he used his state position to help out his buddies -- without going through the usual procedures.

In a moment of self-described stupidity last month, Windley decided to test WebInspect, a new security software he was reviewing for a technology magazine. State Web managers detected the invasion almost immediately and blocked Windley's access to the state Internet site.

Windley quickly apologized to state Web managers.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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