The Pentagon “super cracker” will be extradited to the United States

August 6, 2008 · Filed Under News, Security 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the Web Gary McKinnon, that is the 42 years old Englishman better known as Solo the Pentagon hacker, achieved notoriety in the first years of the new millennium with a series of unauthorized access operations to the most important American computer systems, by which he searched for - as he stated - the truth about the UFOs meanwhile installing backdoors, stealing military secrets and abusing of secret passwords supposedly far from being adequate to the security level of systems they was meant to protect.

The inquirers have determined that Solo, between February 2001 and March 2002, has repeatedly violated the defensive barriers of 97 computers owned by the U.S. Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Department of Defense and NASA. The damages caused, has estimated FBI, are worth 900.000 dollars, and McKinnon himself has recognized his computer crimes giving however the already said motivation of wanting to find the alleged secrets on the aliens hidden to the public opinion by the U.S. government.

Spotted thanks to the girlfriend’s e-mail - used by McKinnon with his hand-made password-cracking software engaged in the attacks - Solo has been captured by computer hounds of Scotland Yard in 2002, and since then he has fought a legal battle to avoid extradition to the USA, the country “attacked” by the cracker.

Gary McKinnon, the Pentagon cracker

In the USA McKinnon risks a conviction to 70 years of jail and a fine of 2 millions of dollars, a severe punishment to which the man has tried to escape in any way: with his lawyers he has first turned to the High Court of London, to switch then to the House of Lords (the last appeal grade available in the English judiciary system) that in the last days has unanimously decided for the confirmation of the extradition to the States.

A stance that Karen Todner, lawyer of the super cracker, has described like the will of the English government to wash its hands of the matter and hand sth off to the American government, earnest determined to turn McKinnon into an example. Todner has then announced to have a last card to play, that is the appeal to the European Court for Human Rights.

The consequences he faces if extradited are both disproportionate and intolerablehas stated the lawyer explaining the new legal move, proving herself to be earnest determined to turn into a political case what is now considered as the most clamorous case of computer crime ever recorded. According to what has been revealed by Todner and colleagues, someone from the United States would have threatened the will to further extend the punishment for the super cracker if he continued to oppose the extradition.

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