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A longtime Higley Unified School District information technology director has lost his job and is under police investigation for taking computers home, downloading pornography and installing computer software throughout the district that searches for extraterrestrial intelligence.
It will take about a year and more than $1 million in estimated costs to fix the various problems caused by Brad Niesluchowski, who had worked in the Higley district since January 2000, said Superintendent Denise Birdwell.
The software he downloaded onto district computers, known as SETI@home, is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers to analyze radio telescope data in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The software, which is typically downloaded on a home computer, uses part of the computer's central processing unit power, disk space and network bandwidth.