Gary McKinnon, also known as Solo, is a British hacker accused by the United States of perpetrating the “Biggest military computer hack of all time.”
He cites his motivation as, “The Disclosure Project” and his plan was to find evidence of UFOs, antigravity technology, and the government suppression of “Free Energy”, all of which he claims to have proven through his actions, he also goes on to claim that “The Disclosure Project” says there is “extra-terrestrial and origin and that they've captured spacecraft and reverse engineered it.”
The United States Government claims that Gary McKinnon is a dangerous man, and should be extradited back to America to stand trial in a Virginia courtroom. Whether they may be right or wrong in this particular case, I personally have never really had any faith in the US Government, or any other for that matter, although the Mexican and French Governments seem to be showing the others the way forward.
The specifics are that Gary McKinnon is accused of hacking into 97 United States military and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002. The computer networks he is accused of hacking include networks owned by NASA, the US Army, US Navy, Department of Defence (Defense) and the US Air Force plus one (belonging to The Pentagon). They go on to claim that the costs of tracking and correcting the problems he allegedly caused were around 700,000 US dollars. Yet when McKinnon is quizzed on this he says that even if the PC's were in-operable after he used them, to renew the entire hacked machine is only a fraction of this cost.
Tracked down and arrested under the Computer Misuse Act by the UK National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) in 2002 who at the time, reliably informed him that he would face community service. The UK prosecution service then refused to charge him, however, later that year he was indicted by the United States government.
Using commercially available software, Mr McKinnon probed dozens of US military and government computers on all supposed, “Secure” networks. He found many machines with the default password unchanged and he simply hacked into them.
McKinnon would smoke cannabis throughout his exploits as his one man search turned into an obsession, an addiction, a way of life!!
It was recently reported (3 rd April 2007) that Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal against extradition to the US on hacking charges.
A recent Sophos poll shows that 48% of respondents feel jail is the most appropriate sentence for McKinnon, should he be found guilty, with 42% suggesting a sentence of community service, and just 10% answering that McKinnon should be fined.
I.T. security and control firm Sophos has revealed that less than half of IT professionals believe that if found guilty, NASA hacker Gary McKinnon should be sent to a US jail for his crimes.
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