Hacker’s mother stands against Jack Straw in UK election

Graham Cluley

The mother of computer hacker Gary McKinnon has announced that she will stand against Justice Secretary Jack Straw in the upcoming British parliamentary elections.

Janis Sharp, who has campaigned tirelessly for her son who faces extradition to the USA after being accused of hacking into military computer systems, says that she blames Straw for eroding civil liberties and allowing Britain’s extradition treaty with the United States to go ahead.

By standing in Straw’s Blackburn constituency Sharp hopes to raise awareness of the plight of her son, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

McKinnon’s troubles started when he broke into the computer systems in order, he claims, to hunt for top secret information about anti-gravity propulsion systems and alien technology, which he believed the authorities were hiding from the public.

US authorities, meanwhile, alleged that McKinnon – known by the handle ‘Solo’ – caused nearly a million dollars worth of damage, shutting down…

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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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.