Location: United Kingdom

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

biggest military hacker of all time back in dock

The BBC is reporting that the extradition hearing of Gary McKinnon is reopening. His lawyers are concerned that he may end up at Guantanamo Bay.

Representitives of the US Gov claim he caused £370,000 worth of damage and ultimate intention was to get access to a classified network.

McKinnon says he was just looking for evidence of a UFO cover-up and besides there was loads more people connected than he.

"Once you're on the network, you can do a command called NetStat -
Network Status - and it lists all the connections to that machine.

There were hackers from Denmark, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Thailand .. Every night .. for the entire five to seven years I was doing this."

July 09 2005

"I was always very frightened when I realised there were always other people from all over the world on there. These were like foreign ISPs,
routinely going through things. It is very worrying that it is the
world's only superpower and it is that easy to breach security."

July 13 2005

As for being the biggest military computer hack of all time this is of course nonsense. How Gary got in was because the same image was installed on all the machines with the same default admin password. How he got caught was even more banal ..

"I'd instant message them, using WordPad, with a bit of a political diatribe. You know, I'd leave a message on their desktop that read 'Secret government is blah blah blah.'

Indictment in the case of Gary McKinnon ..

"the defendant intentionally accessed a computer belonging to and used exclusively by the United States Army, Fort Myer, Virginia, with the Internet Protocol address of, which computer was used in interstate and foreign commerce and communication".

Prosecution: Mr. McKinnon on or about February 2002 within the District of Virginia did you knowingly cause damage and loss aggregating to £370,000 without authorization to a protected computer, belonging to the United States Army.

Defendent: I dunno dude, I was smoking a lot of dope at the time. Not good for the intellect.



Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home