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July 30, 2008

Computer hacker loses extradition appeal

Gary McKinnon lost his appeal in Great Britain's high court yesterday, and will be subject to extradition to the United States, where he faces charges in the United States for computer hacking.  In fact, "[p]rosecutors allege that McKinnon hacked into than 90 computer systems belonging to the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Defense and NASA between February 2001 and March 2002, causing $900,000 worth of damage.

McKinnon has acknowledged accessing the computers, but he disputes the reported damage and said he did it because he wanted to find evidence that America was concealing the existence of aliens." (quoted from CNN.com)

Aliens?  Perhaps a conspiracy? And an extradition just in time for the X-files movie...

Of course, the United States Department of Justice has their own less interesting and alien-free version of the story, posted here.

[MD]

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