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Former military adviser urged Obama to pardon Gary McKinnon

Former military adviser urged Obama to pardon Gary McKinnon

February 06, 2013Wang Wei
John Arquilla, a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and former military adviser has urged President Barack Obama to pardon the British computer hacker Gary McKinnon and to recruit master hackers to US Cyber Command. Gary McKinnon faced extradition for hacking into Pentagon and Nasa systems, and but they believe that he could encourage other hackers to become government cyber warriors. ' If the notion of trying to attract master hackers to our cause is ever to take hold, this might be just the right case in which President Obama should consider using his power to pardon, ' says Arquilla. China is widely thought to employ hackers, so the Pentagon aims to expand its cyber security personnel from 900 to 4,900 in the next few years and Hackers are frequently employed by security firms after serving sentences and Arquilla suggest Obama to do so. ' Today's masters of cyberspace are not unlike the German rocket scientists who, after World War II, were so ea
Anonymous hacker arrested for attacking Home Secretary website

Anonymous hacker arrested for attacking Home Secretary website

November 07, 2012Mohit Kumar
In the UK a 41-year-old man has been arrested over a cyber attack on the website of the British Home Secretary Theresa May. He was arrested in a joint operation by Scotland Yard and local officers on Tuesday morning in Wedgewood Road. The man, who has not been named, was arrested on suspicion of assisting or encouraging crime contrary to the Serious Crime Act 2007. He was taken to a local police station and bailed to return in mid-December, pending further inquiries. Computers, telephones and media storage devices were seized from his home, according to police. Detective Inspector Jason Tunn, from the Metropolitan Police's eCrime Unit (PCeU), said, " The activity this morning demonstrates the commitment of the PCeU and our colleagues to combat cyber criminality anywhere within the UK and take action against those responsible. Assisting and encouraging cyber crime is a serious matter and I would advise all persons to consider their actions and any possible future consequen
Exclusive : Gary McKinnon wins 10-year fight against US extradition

Exclusive : Gary McKinnon wins 10-year fight against US extradition

October 16, 2012Mohit Kumar
Gary McKinnon has had his extradition blocked by the UK government. He has finally won his 10-year fight against extradition after Home Secretary Theresa May today halted proceedings on human rights grounds. The Home Secretary said medical reports warning the computer hacker would kill himself if sent to the US were sufficient grounds to bring the decade-long battle to an end. It is 10 years since he was first arrested, and his case has come to symbolise a purported imbalance in the extradition arrangements between the UK and the US. McKinnon was accused by US prosecutors of " the biggest military computer hack of all time ", but he claims he was simply looking for evidence of UFOs.  According to a report, Mr Burrowes increased the pressure on the Prime Minister last night by telling friends he will resign as a member of the Government if Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger's syndrome, is deported. There was no doubt McKinnon is seriously ill and the extradition warrant agains
Another hope in Hacker Gary McKinnon extradition

Another hope in Hacker Gary McKinnon extradition

October 13, 2012Mohit Kumar
Gary's 10 years spent living on a knife-edge has been nothing short of cruel and unnecessary punishment. There is another new hope for Gary McKinnon who is fighting extradition after being accused of hacking US military computers. Computer hacker Gary McKinnon will win his 10-year legal battle against extradition have been significantly raised after Home Office-appointed psychiatrists warned that he would be very likely to attempt suicide if sent for trial in the US. It comes as the result of a medical report by two Home Office psychiatrists, which found there is a "significant risk" of suicidal behaviour by Mr McKinnon. The Home Secretary will tell MPs of her final decision on the case on Tuesday. McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, has called on government figures to honour their promises to save her son. But despite this it remains unclear if the Home Secretary, Theresa May, will halt his extradition or not, having previously put it on hold to consider new evidence. McKin
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