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Gary McKinnon is currently fighting extradition to the United States

The attorney for Briton Gary McKinnon, the biggest US military hacker ever, has said that McKinnon is afraid he will be prosecuted under US anti-terror laws -- which the attorney says could send him to Guantanamo Bay.  McKinnon allegedly broke into 97 government computers to try and find evidence the US government knows about UFOs but has been concealing information about extraterrestrial life.  His illegal activities allegedly caused around $700,000 of damage.  He hacked into the government computers in 14 different states, including U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, NASA and Pentagon systems.  

A UK judge previously asked the US government for some sort of reassurance that McKinnon would be charged in federal court and not under any anti-terror laws.  District Judge Nicholas Evans will announce the decision whether or not McKinnon will be extradited on May 10.  If McKinnon is extradited, unless he has an agreement made with the federal government, anti-terror charges could be filed.

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97 government computers!
By Deadalus on 4/14/2006 2:58:13 PM , Rating: 3
97 government computers! How did he manage that?

If he's that good, I'm surprised he hasn't been offered a job by the government... either that or the computers were really insecure and someone needs to be fired!

RE: 97 government computers!
By bamacre on 4/14/2006 3:38:04 PM , Rating: 2
Probably the latter.

RE: 97 government computers!
By theslug on 4/14/2006 4:03:49 PM , Rating: 2
There's no reason to give a job to a criminal when there are plenty of law-abiding citizens capable of performing the same tasks. Unless it's in lieu of jail time and he's not being paid for it.

RE: 97 government computers!
By Zelvek on 4/15/2006 12:11:00 AM , Rating: 2
Actualy it is not unheard of to hire the person who as hacked your system in order to beter strengthen it.

RE: 97 government computers!
By alexcurpas on 4/16/2006 2:56:31 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know, if I'd be hiring highly qualified techies, I'd be looking for the *unbeliever* kind. It's quite fascinating to see how many talented, gifted people are believers though, and I'm not talking just UFO's but paranormal phenomena, superstitions, religion, etc. Odd.

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