House of Lords to rule on appeal of “NASA hacker” Gary McKinnon

Graham Cluley

In under an hour, the House of Lords is expected to start presenting its judgement on the curious case of Gary McKinnon.

McKinnon, the so-called “NASA hacker” from North London, was arrested six and a half years ago after allegedly hacking into computers belonging to the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Defense and NASA.

The 42-year-old self-confessed computer enthusiast 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.

The British Home Secretary determined in 2006 that McKinnon’s extradition to the United States should go ahead, allowing him to be tried on charges of breaking into and damaging US Government computers.

McKinnon has been leading a high profile campaign since his arrest to avoid extradition, demanding that the US authorities provide evidence of his supposed crimes and damage caused to the UK…

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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.