Gary, Gary, Gary, you got some 'splainin' to do...

03 April 2007

Gary McKinnon, who cracked US government and military networks under the alias 'Solo' in search of information on unidentified flying objects and unusual power sources will be extradited to the United States to stand trial, possibly under the USA PATRIOT Act because he infiltrated a number of sensitive data systems and networks. They're calling it the largest compromise of military systems in history (92 boxen known compromised) but somehow I doubt this because McKinnon certainly wasn't the first person to go wandering around inside their systems after breaking in - Hans "Pengo" Hubner beat him to it by fifteen years, give or take. At any rate, the cost of analysing and rebuilding those systems topped out at $700kus, which isn't a drop in the bucket no matter how you cut it.

McKinnon's looking at fines in the neighborhood of $1.75mus, and at around 70 years in federal prison, assuming that they don't ship him off to Guantanamo Bay or somewhere similiar in southern or eastern Europe.