By David Brown
August 29, 2008
A UFO enthusiast who hacked into top-secret US military computers
appealed to the Home Secretary yesterday to stop his extradition after
losing a legal appeal.
Gary McKinnon is due to be extradited to the United States within two
weeks and could face a sentence of up to 80 years in a maximum-security
prison if found guilty. He admits to having accessed 97 US Navy, Army,
Nasa and Pentagon computers in what has been described as "the biggest
computer hack of all time".
Mr McKinnon, 42, an unemployed systems analyst, has said that he was
looking for computer files containing details about UFOs and aliens. The
US Government says that he stole passwords, deleted files and left
Mr McKinnon, of Palmers Green, North London, admitted carrying out the
hacks using a computer in the bedroom of a house owned by his
girlfriend's aunt. He says that he was motivated by curiosity and gained
entry only because of lax security.
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