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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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By tobrien on 4/14/2006 3:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
what sort of stuff did he do to cause $700k worth of damage?

RE: damage
By WileCoyote on 4/14/2006 4:09:01 PM , Rating: 2
Probably labor costs - I'm just guessing (based on my experiences) that the in-house tech staff was too incompetent to fix the security problems, especially since they let it all happen in the first place. As a result, they had to hire knowledgeable/skilled third-party tech support (ie contractors) to come in at $200/hr to fix it.

RE: damage
By tobrien on 4/14/2006 4:57:50 PM , Rating: 2
that makes sense.

RE: damage
By Tsuwamono on 4/14/2006 5:02:28 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks most likely it. A small child with a basic understanding of programming and IP/TCP networking could probably hack into alot of government databases. Ofcourse it would be alittle more challenging to break into NASA or Navy databases especially 97 of them. However this just proves how terrible their security is.

RE: damage
By Wwhat on 4/14/2006 9:15:41 PM , Rating: 2
What are they going to say 'he broke into our poorly protected computers and did nothing but look and no harm was done'?
Obviously they spice it up a bit, the defense lawyer should point out that he did 800K of free security testing though and ask the government for 100K in late fees in light of their failure to comply with the unspoken understanding that his client since he did no harm would be left alone :]

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