NASA hacker Gary McKinnon loses final extradition appeal

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Gary McKinnon, the infamous NASA hacker, has lost in his attempt to get the European Court of Human Rights to hear his appeal against extradition to the United States.

McKinnon was arrested in 2002 after allegedly hacking into computers belonging to the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Defense and NASA. The hacker from North London claims that he broke into the networks only to uncover confidential information about anti-gravity propulsion systems and extraterrestrial technology which he believed the authorities were hiding from the public.

Last month McKinnon lost an appeal at the British House of Lords, and his approach to the European courts was considered his last legal chance to avoid extradition.

The US authorities will be rubbing its hands…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.