NASA hacker’s extradition to USA delayed by British Home Office

Graham Cluley

The British Home Office has agreed to delay extradition proceedings against NASA hacker Gary McKinnon, pending a fresh consideration of the evidence, focusing on his medical condition.

McKinnon’s lawyer, Karen Todner, is quoted as saying: “We do take some hope from this. It is the first time that (British Home Secretary) Alan Johnson will have a proper opportunity to consider the reports in this case and it shows that he is taking it seriously. In the meantime we don’t want to be hammering on his door.”

McKinnon, who was arrested in 2002 after allegedly hacking into computers belonging to the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Defense and NASA, has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, and concerns have been raised as to whether he might take his own life if jailed in the United States.

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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.