31 May 2011

Hacker may not face US trial

Between February 2001 to March 2002, 45-year-old Gary McKinnon of Scotland the hacked into Pentagon and NASA computers, and now faces up to 60 years in jail on charges brought down by the United States.

However, under the current British legal process, McKinnon may not be extradited to the U.S. to face trial.

"We have proceeded through all the processes required under our extradition agreements,” said President Obama. “It's now in the hands of the British legal system. We have confidence in the British legal system coming to a just conclusion, and so we will await resolution and we will be respectful of that process."

McKinnon does not deny hacking into 97 computers in the Pentagon and NASA, stating he wanted to discover evidence of UFOs. He has been fighting extradition for nearly a decade, and his lawyer believes he should face trial in the U.K. and that extradition will violate his rights.

Earlier this month, a Romanian hacker claimed to have broken into the computer system at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to gain access to confidential data, placing greater emphasis on enhancing computer security for government agencies across the country.