Hacker Gary McKinnon fails to have his case heard in front of UK Supreme Court

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Yesterday, as I was returning from a vacation in Istanbul (I’ll leave stories of my close encounter with a bellydancer and a bout of food poisoning – hopefully unrelated – to another time), I heard of the latest sadly predictable twist in the long running saga of Gary McKinnon’s attempts to avoid extradition to the United States.

McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, was arrested seven years ago after breaking into computers belonging to the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Defense and NASA.

The 43-year-old hacker claims that he accessed the computer systems only to hunt for top secret information about anti-gravity propulsion systems and alien technology, which he believed the authorities were hiding from the public.

For their part, the US authorities claim that McKinnon caused some $800,000 worth of damage.

At the end of July, McKinnon and his supporters lost a judicial…

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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.