By Mark Ballard
22 Sep 2009
The US inflated the $700,000 bill for damages it slapped on UFO hacker
Gary McKinnon by stuffing it with costs incurred for patching the gaping
holes the hacker had exposed in its computer security, according to a
document filed with the Supreme Court.
The US had not taken reasonable steps to protect its security and now
expects McKinnon to pick up the bill, said an expert witness statement
made in McKinnon's ongoing appeal against a US extradition order.
Peter Sommer, professor of security at the London School of Economics,
said damage assessments of computer security breaches should consider
"whether the victims have taken reasonable steps to limit the damage".
McKinnon had used Remotely Anywhere, a software tool, to hack US
military computers in search of UFO secrets. The 42-year-old faces
extradition after being accused of hacking into 97 US government
computers causing $700,000 of damage.
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