NASA hacker Gary McKinnon given a lifeline.. for now

Graham Cluley

Gary McKinnon, the British man who broke his way into computer systems belonging to NASA, Department of Defense, the US Army, US Navy and US Army, has been thrown a lifeline by the UK establishment in his continuing fight to avoid extradition.

Yesterday, at the Royal Courts of Justice, McKinnon told reporters that Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was refusing to extradite him to the United States until Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, had decided whether to prosecute the hacker in the UK.

The development follows McKinnon’s promise earlier this month to the Crown Prosecution Service that he would plead guilty, if tried in his country of birth.

McKinnon must be a cat with nine lives, as he has wriggled and squirmed time after time in his attempts to avoid…

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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.