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British hacker loses extradition appeal

Date: April 27, 2007

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon is to be extradited to the United States.

This case dates back to 2001, when Mr McKinnon hacked into computers belonging to the U.S. military and scientific establishments from his home in Wood Green, north London.

Under the codename Solo he allegedly hacked into hundreds of machines belonging to the Pentagon, the U.S. army, the air force and NASA, which were not not properly secured by officials. This occurred over a period of 18 months.

U.S. prosecutors claim he caused $700,000 (375,000) worth of damage. A lawyer for the U.S. government said the hacking "was intentional and calculated to influence and affect the U.S. government by intimidation. In an interview with the Guardian in 2006, Mr McKinnon claimed he had simply been searching for evidence of UFO activity.
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