Terry Waite calls on USA to drop case against NASA hacker

Graham Cluley

It’s hard to imagine a more bizarre trio, but Terry Waite has lined himself up with Sting and London’s gaffe-prone mayor Boris Johnson by coming out in support of Gary McKinnon, the British hacker facing extradition to the United States.

According to media reports, the former Beirut hostage has called on the American authorities to drop their attempts to prosecute McKinnon, who has become a famous figure in the IT world after he admitted breaking into sensitive US military networks.

According to Waite, who now campaigns for human rights, the US military should thank McKinnon for exposing its weak computer security. Referring to McKinnon’s…

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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.