Most Overhyped Hacker Loses Extradition Appeal
from the welcome-to-America dept
The U.S. government isn't known for downplaying supposed threats, which probably explains why they've continually referred to Gary McKinnon, the London-based hacker who broke into some military networks while high on drugs in an attempt to hunt down UFO info as the world's "biggest" hacker (later adjusted to be the world's biggest "military" hacker). The details suggest the guy was more like a traditional computer cracker who stumbled his way through bad military security into a place he shouldn't have been -- hardly the huge threat the government has made him out to be. He clearly broke the law, however (and he admits it as well). He's been fighting extradition attempts, pointing out that the US government seems to be exaggerating his hacks a great deal, but the UK High Court has rejected his appeal, meaning he's probably heading over to the US to face a trial, where the "biggest military hacker" tag will likely dominate headlines for a while.