NASA hacker Gary McKinnon could be prosecuted in Britain

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Gary McKinnon, the infamous hacker who broke into computer systems belonging to NASA, Department of Defense, the US Army, US Navy and US Army, has told the British Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that he would plead guilty if prosecuted in Britain.

According to a report in The Guardian newspaper today, McKinnon’s lawyers have informed the CPS that London-based McKinnon, who is facing extradition to the United States, that he would admit to offences under the Computer Misuse Act. If he were found guilty and punished in the UK, it would make extradition to the USA unlikely.

This latest twist is just the latest in a long-running tale of twists and turns as McKinnon’s supporters have aggressively fought to prevent him from being extradited to the United States, where they claim he will be treated as a scapegoat. Support for McKinnon is…

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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.