[ISN] The Briton facing 60 years in US prison after hacking into Pentagon

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 02:46:54 -0500 (CDT)

By Jamie Doward
home affairs editor
The Observer
July 27 2008

When he wakes up this morning, Gary McKinnon will be 72 hours from 
learning whether he is on the fast track to a 60-year prison sentence, 
thanks to his obsession with aliens.

McKinnon, 42, from Enfield in north London, is accused by American 
prosecutors of illegally accessing top-secret computer systems in what 
they claimed in one legal document was 'the biggest military computer 
hack of all time'.

The self-taught IT expert insists he was simply looking for information 
the US government had on UFOs and is adamant that he never damaged any 
of its computer systems. This argument, however, cuts little ice with 
the Americans, who are trying to extradite him. Five years after being 
told by British police that he would probably get a six-month community 
service order for his exploits, McKinnon finds himself still wanted by 
the US authorities. A 2006 High Court ruling granted the extradition 
request, and on Wednesday the House of Lords will decide on McKinnon's 
appeal against that ruling.


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