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UFO hacker Gary McKinnon charges dropped


Posted on Monday, 17 December, 2012 | Comment icon 175 comments | News tip by: stevemagegod


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Officials in Britain have opted to drop all charges after a legal battle lasting more than a decade.

Asperger's Syndrome sufferer Gary McKinnon's extradition to the United States was ordered after he was caught hacking in to sensitive government computer systems in an effort to find information on UFOs. The legal ramifications would go on to dominate headlines for years as the case went to court several times. The extradition order was finally blocked three months ago thanks to Home Secretary Theresa May and now it looks like the McKinnons will be enjoying a trouble-free Christmas this year as British officials agreed to drop all charges against him.

"We can get on with our lives, Gary will take time it is not something that will happen overnight," said McKinnon's mother who had tirelessly worked towards stopping his extradition to the US. "I can’t put it into words, for Gary it is just fantastic. I have seen Gary smile for the first time in a long time."

"Janis Sharp, of Brookmans Park, got the news on her 64th birthday her son Gary McKinnon was now in the clear after a decade long legal battle and will not stand trial."

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Comment icon #166 Posted by Coffey on 24 December, 2012, 14:21
There is a huge difference. If it's deleted it has been erased. The only term suitable for that is vandalism. Not Theft. But if they weren't intelligent enough to add proper security then it's their fault as well. On the internet companies are held liable if peoples data is stolen or erased. They are in charge of security. The person who did it is not held liable. This is how the internet works. If they even had a little intelligence they would have hired the guy to help them sort it out.
Comment icon #167 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 4 January, 2013, 2:21
your my hero bro!!!someone will spill the beans lol if the government don't come clean and finally say and reveal the truth.the government will either come clean finally or the UFOs and E.Ts will show themselves and the u.s government will look really bad and loose the respect of the american people.dear NASA and government respect and trust is earned not given.and i'm talking about real respect and trust not fake trust then back stab the american people in the back later.please america people please wise and learn don't be easily deceived and lied to by NASA AND THE GO... [More]
Comment icon #168 Posted by psyche101 on 4 January, 2013, 2:43
You are dead right. I guess it depends on the definition of Free Man, he is in the UK, but that is because all of the evidence lies on US soil, and he has pretty much outright threatened to kill himself if he goes to the states. He can not visit the US. They do not seem all that happy about it either. I kinda hope it backfires on him, and he is considered a threat to himself and he is locked up, the would seem poetic justice.
Comment icon #169 Posted by psyche101 on 4 January, 2013, 2:44
I reckon you would be surprised. Many people do not take security seriously. Always something that happens to someone else. I am with you on that one. I rather like Apple products, great support too.
Comment icon #170 Posted by psyche101 on 4 January, 2013, 3:06
Well I call Tomato Tomatoe. In the end, the result for both is that it is gone, isn't it? Agreed, however, you do realise that Governments are a major client and do not deal with "Joe's Computer Supplies" on the local corner? They have direct deals with MS, and have special versions built for them. They look very much the same but with some tweaks. That means Billy is the man they are looking at, and he has more money than they do. Probably not too sensible to take him to court and accuse him of not installing his own product properly, when they won't know his product... [More]
Comment icon #171 Posted by psyche101 on 4 January, 2013, 3:11
Comment icon #172 Posted by CuriousGreek on 4 January, 2013, 19:50
Don't know though whether Apple's or Linux's operating pc system is better, but still Apple is one of the most admirable companies out there
Comment icon #173 Posted by psyche101 on 8 January, 2013, 7:06
As far as Operating Systems go, FreeBSD is the hardest to beat IMHO. Apple OS was based on it. Berkley Software Distribution. Those guys really know their stuff. LINUX I do not like so much because there is so many flavours, and your systems might end up with a patch written by some 12 year old. It's OK, but compared to BSD, it is like driving a 4 cylinder after driving a V8. I also like the philosophy. They give you the system for free, but want you to hire one of their students to set the system up for you. Money going to young people in need of work, not one man. But if one is willing... [More]
Comment icon #174 Posted by CuriousGreek on 8 January, 2013, 14:58
No need to disagree with that! Hail Apple
Comment icon #175 Posted by chopmo on 10 January, 2013, 1:42
None the less it's good to see they finally dropped the case after 10 years. LMAO @ remembering that a few news reports made emphasis on the fact that he smoked weed. BAHAHAHA "when I get older ima be just like snoop lion because I want to be james bond" ~~~~


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