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The biggest military computer, arrested

Date: June 09, 2005

A British man has been granted bail over allegations that he hacked into the US military computer system.

Gary McKinnon, 39, faces extradition to the US over claims that he accessed 97 government computers over a one-year period.

McKinnon, of Wood Green, north London, is contesting the extradition request.

Janet Boston, for the US government, told Bow Street Magistrates' Court: "On one instance, the US Army's military district of Washington network became inoperable."

His actions caused £370,000 worth of damage, the court was told.

District Judge Christopher Pratt granted McKinnon bail to reappear for an extradition hearing on July 27.

He was ordered to provide £5,000 security, report to his local police station, not to apply for any international travel documents and not to use any computer equipment allowing him to access the internet as bail conditions.

McKinnon was first arrested in 2002 but action against him was discontinued.
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