NASA hacker’s Asperger’s gambit fails to convince UK authorities

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Gary McKinnon, the hacker who infamously accessed US military and NASA computers in what he claims was his search for a UFO cover-up, has failed to convince the British Home Secretary that he should not be extradited to America.

According to Karen Todner, McKinnon’s solicitor, the UK authorities have turned down a second appeal by the 42-year-old hacker, who attempted to use his recent diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome as a reason for him not to be extradited.

McKinnon’s legal team are now urgently looking into whether they have any further avenues for avoiding his deportation.

McKinnon was arrested nearly seven years ago after allegedly hacking into computers belonging to the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Defense and NASA. The so-called “NASA hacker” from North London has claimed that he only broke into the systems to uncover confidential…

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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.