Tuesday, June 17, 2008

British hacker should not be extradited to US, Lords told

A British man who allegedly hacked into the Pentagon's computer network should not be extradited to America because US prosecutors tried to intimidate him into cooperating with them, the House of Lords was told today.

Gary McKinnon, a systems analyst who faces up to 60 years in jail if his extradition goes ahead, was the victim of an abuse of process, the panel of five law lords was told.

The 44-year-old is accused of causing £475,000 in damage by hacking into 97 computer systems operated by the Pentagon, Nasa and elsewhere in the US military.

McKinnon, a self-taught hacker who operated under the name Solo, admits accessing the computers but insists he only did so to try to find evidence for UFO landings, and that he was only able to gain access because of lax security.

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