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
quote: 1) Your not breaking the law when your doing security work for the NSA. You have executive authority to do what you are doing.