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Gary McKinnon will likely be sent to the United States to stand trial for various computer crimes

A British hacker accused of breaking into secured government computers and causing more than $700,000 in computer damages lost an extradition appeal in the U.K.  Last May, McKinnon was indicted in northern Virginia and New Jersey, at the same time a British judge decided that the hacker should be extradited to face charges.  This time, two leading British judges rejected the challenge -- McKinnon now wants his case to be heard in the House of Lords, England's highest appeals court.   

McKinnon compromised around 100 computer systems, some of which were operated by the Pentagon and NASA.  The alleged intrusions took place from February 2001 to March 2002, leading to McKinnon's arrest in 2002.  He was caught because some of the software he used in the attacks was later traced back to an e-mail address his girlfriend used.

McKinnon admitted that he made the intrusions, along with saying the damage was unintentional and he was looking for evidence of UFOs. The U.S. government has spent a considerable amount of time reassuring U.K. prosecutors that McKinnon would be given a fair trial once in U.S. jurisdiction.  

If convicted, the man who carried out "the biggest military hack of all time" could face up to 70 years in prison along with fines up to $1.7 million.

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By medavid16 on 4/4/2007 6:28:26 PM , Rating: 2
It's all politics. They're using him as an example to discourage other hackers to target government computers.

I think their tactics are at best, minimal deterrents. Hackers target sites because it's difficult.

And whoever said $700,000 >< 70 years is right. That's saying, 1 year of his life is worth $10,000. It's politics.

And probational efforts are usually more or less half of the sentence, so that would actually mean he'll do 30 years, and probation afterwards.

RE: Politics
By codeThug on 4/4/2007 6:43:42 PM , Rating: 3
He'll never even do 30. Mitnick did 5 years. 4 1/2 in pretrial custody, and then 8 months solitary.

3-4 years behind bars is probably more than enough deterrent.

When these hackers see that they can go from "Data Cowboy" to "Julio's bitch" in 2.3 seconds, they will think twice.

RE: Politics
By Lord 666 on 4/4/2007 8:04:20 PM , Rating: 4
More like "Script Kiddie" to "Julio's Bitch"

RE: Politics
By Christopher1 on 4/6/2007 6:50:12 AM , Rating: 2
They already know that, and they do not care. Why? Because the chance of getting caught hacking into an NSA system or other governmental system is little to none at best.

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