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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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Hacking - how he did it
By flend on 4/14/2006 6:43:54 PM , Rating: 2
The guy said on an interview on British TV (from what I could gather) that he used some downloaded programs (packet sniffers?) to look for plaintext passwords. Certainly coverage on TV here has been quite pro- the guy but our government isn't currently known for its deep and profound understanding of matters IT. According to an interview with his former 'spin-doctor' Tony Blair apparently has a PC on his desk but doesn't ever use it :) The spin-doctor himself had a secretary print out all his emails for him so he didn't have to use the internet.




RE: Hacking - how he did it
By peternelson on 4/14/2006 7:05:46 PM , Rating: 2

Maybe he was working for the aliens, to break into systems containing reports and to erase all traces of the data so that they remain hidden.

If aliens had technology to come here from another planet and fast ships they would not CRASH on earth they would land or hover.

If they had that technology they would probably have technology to quickly break military level secret keys used to encrypt and passwords. So the aliens helped him break in and REMOVE the evidence under a cover story of trying to FIND evidence.

I find it worrying that with the help of some aliens this guy could infiltrate computers easily like this. It is a good job that aliens don't help terrorists too or the USA would be in trouble and need to vastly improve their security technologies.


RE: Hacking - how he did it
By peternelson on 4/14/2006 7:10:30 PM , Rating: 2

And this is my proof for alien existence.

1. The USA government would not be so stupid as to leave sensitive databases insecure.

2. THEREFORE the government takes steps to secure their data using the best technologies available.

3. THEREFORE it would not be possible to hack without superior technologies.

4. THEREFORE a hacker would need help from aliens to crack those technologies.

5. FOR aliens to help the hacker, ALIENS MUST EXIST.

Proven.

Or is there some flaw in my reasoning ;-) If so, where? ;-)


RE: Hacking - how he did it
By Decaydence on 4/14/2006 8:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
Sweet God, you have done it. This post will go down in history as the first conclusive proof of Alien life.


RE: Hacking - how he did it
By PLaYaHaTeD on 4/15/2006 4:13:25 PM , Rating: 2
Proof by deduction. However, since your first step is wrong (the gov't *is* that stupid, except for that Bush guy ;-) ), the whole thing is wrong.

Plus, number 4 implies that aliens would also need help from the hacker... which doesnt make sense because if they hold the 'superior technologies', why would they need a human to learn and utilize what they would be more suited to utilize?

Why the hell am I even talking.


RE: Hacking - how he did it
By alexcurpas on 4/16/2006 2:54:07 AM , Rating: 2
The flaw is right in the beginning, when you assume that the US gov't is not stupid. Other than that, it's flawless!


RE: Hacking - how he did it
By peternelson on 4/16/2006 2:47:55 PM , Rating: 2

Er yup, you guys got me. I think that was precisely what I was alluding to. It's called "sarcasm". I mean if ONE hacker not a team of them with distributed keycracking (and without help from alieans) could gain entry to all these computers, that would tend to mean that the US need to beef up their IT security or else some terrorist could do the same type of attack. Someone should be fired for letting it happen.


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