Designer of Satan Software Gets New Job
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Software designer Dan Farmer, who lost his job at Silicon Graphics Inc. because of his work on the controversial Satan software, has been re-hired at Sun Microsystems Inc.
The Satan data security program, which Farmer co-designed, was both praised as a way for companies to find weaknesses in systems and denounced as a weapon that hackers could use to enter computer networks.
Farmer was fired from Silicon Graphics a few days before he released the program on the Internet last month.
At Sun, where he had worked for three years previously, Farmer will develop new programs to protect large computer networks against intruders.
``When he popped back up and was available, we snapped him right up,″ said Carolyn Turbyfill, director of engineering for Sun’s Internet commerce efforts.
Farmer has agreed not to work on Satan on Sun’s time or equipment.