NASA hacker Gary McKinnon loses appeal against US extradition

Graham Cluley

Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal at the House of Lords against being extradited to the United States.

It seems obvious that the USA’s position is clear. Anyone making any attempts to compromise American government and military computers and data, will face the consequences – in McKinnon’s case, this means they’re not going to give up until they’ve got their man.

McKinnon has gained the support of many other hackers and indeed ordinary people, and this decision will doubtless come as a shock after these years of appeals.

Whether McKinnon caused real harm to US government computers seems open to question. Certainly he admits that he broke into the networks, but says it was only to hunt for confidential information about anti-gravity propulsion systems and UFO technology which he believed the authorities were hiding from the public.

US authorities, meanwhile,…

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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.