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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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RE: Playing Devil's Advocate
By Christopher1 on 4/6/2007 6:47:03 AM , Rating: 2
In my opinion, even 2-3 years is too much for this. Really, if he could hack into a military system, the military should be THANKING him for pointing out holes in their security, but then again, the military NEVER likes people to point out their shortcomings at all!

We need to be ENCOURAGING people to try to hack into systems that are made to DOD specs that are NOT actually DOD computers, or not connected to the DOD computers that have secret information on them.

That way, the military will have the best of the best hackers trying to get into the system, and when someone does it, they can get the information on how they did it from them and pay them!


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