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UFO hacker Gary McKinnon's extradition on hold

Posted on Friday, 21 May, 2010 | Comment icon 349 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The extradition of UFO hacker Gary McKinnon has been put on hold for a judicial review by the new home secretary.

McKinnon was arrested back in 2002 after he was caught hacking in to US military systems in a search for classified information about UFOs, he has since been fighting to avoid being extradited from the UK.

"The extradition of Scots-born computer hacker Gary Mckinnon has been put on hold."

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Comment icon #340 Posted by Seany on 4 June, 2010, 23:09
u seem to be uninformed ... bfore you 'suspect', you need to read more on the matter;using a dial up modem it took that dude ages to get a single image to load ... he claimed to have found info on th ematter in in form of documents ... did yo uknow in America they changed some laws overnight trying to get him ASAP in the states ... They are serious about getting their hands on him... if he really did find something, would you honestly think the Pentagon would let him get away for this? of course not... hope this helps i've found an interesting interview on the net: http://www.y... [More]
Comment icon #341 Posted by Seany on 4 June, 2010, 23:10
;; i like your thinking
Comment icon #342 Posted by regeneratia on 1 December, 2010, 19:54
WikiLeaks cables: US spurned Gary McKinnon plea from Gordon Brown Prime minister made personal request to allow British man who hacked into US computer systems to serve sentence in UK
Comment icon #343 Posted by Finity on 1 December, 2010, 22:06
It's obvious they don't want to lock him up because of what he did. They want control of him because of what hes capable of, so that enemies of the US can't make him an "offer he can't refuse". I know the US like to think they police the world, but the UK should tell them to FO.
Comment icon #344 Posted by DONTEATUS on 2 December, 2010, 4:15
I say the Same, Let Him out and make sure all the medias know the time and location of said release. I wish him well as can be ,for a Hacker,Always a Hacker!
Comment icon #345 Posted by psyche101 on 2 December, 2010, 6:23
He seems to be rather incapable, he stumbled onto an open server and tried some basic passwords. I expect the admins that put a Windows box up as security without a UNIX firewall in fornt of it might also be looking at a dubious future. They deserve no less. However, what he did was try an open door, and walk in. If you do that to your neighbour, that is stealing, same here. If he was half decent at data admin he would have had backups all over the planet to prove his case. He had nothing, and was pretty hopeless, that is why he was caught so easily. I do not think they would want somone s... [More]
Comment icon #346 Posted by booNyzarC on 2 December, 2010, 7:00
Actually, my understanding is that he stumbled into several different machines using administrative accounts with no password(s). And technically, he didn't take anything or destroy anything. Comparing it to walking into your neighbor's open door would be more akin to unlawful entry than stealing. Although I agree that what he did was wrong, the punishment that the US would like to impose simply doesn't fit the crime that he actually perpetrated. Now if he had used the information that he discovered with malevolent intent I could see the need to throw the book at him, but the... [More]
Comment icon #347 Posted by DrunkDwarf on 2 December, 2010, 12:42
Just a minor point, the wording of this paragraph seems to suggest that Stanton T. Friedman is one of the members of the UFO Hall of Shame you've posted, which isn't the case, he is infact on the on the same site.
Comment icon #348 Posted by booNyzarC on 2 December, 2010, 13:10
True in the literal sense of where he ranks on that web site, thanks for the correction DrunkDwarf.
Comment icon #349 Posted by mcrom901 on 2 December, 2010, 14:41
we can replace it with this entry....

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