UK Home Secretary “stops clock” on NASA hacker’s extradition

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

British Home Secretary Alan Johnson has confirmed the House of Commons that he has “stopped the clock” on the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States.

Answering a question yesterday from Conservative MP David Burrowes, who counts McKinnon amongst his constituents, the Home Secretary said:

“we have stopped the clock ticking in regard to the representation to the European Court because new medical evidence has been provided.”

(Source: www.parliament.uk)

McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, was arrested seven years ago after breaking into computers belonging to the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Defense and NASA.

The 43-year-old hacker claims that he accessed the computer systems only to hunt for top secret information…

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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.