Gary McKinnon

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Reporter Chris Brook
Modified 2018-07-02T21:19:43


For more than a year between February
of 2001 and March of 2002, a British national, Gary McKinnon, was allegedly able
to hack into nearly 100 United States military and NASA computers. Prosecutors
have accused McKinnon of having committed the “biggest military computer hack
of all time
.” McKinnon claims he was looking for evidence that the government
had been covering up “free energy suppression” and UFO technologies. U.S. officials
accused McKinnon of hacking into and deleting data from U.S. military systems.
His alleged hacks caused the shutdown of the US Military District of Washington
network and rendered more than 300 computers inoperable at US Naval Weapons Station
Earle. McKinnon has steadfastly fought extradition to the U.S. since
his arrest, insisting that the U.S. government’s claim of damages stemming from
his activity is exaggerated.

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