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World's Biggest Hacker Held

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the is-that-girth-mass-or-height dept.

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Hieronymus Howard writes "The London Evening Standard is reporting that the "worlds biggest computer hacker" has been arrested in London. Gary McKinnon, 39, was seized by the Met's extradition unit at his Wood Green home. The unemployed former computer engineer is accused of causing the U.S. government $1 billion of damage by breaking into its most secure computers at the Pentagon and NASA. He is likely to be extradited to America to face eight counts of computer crime in 14 states and could be jailed for 70 years. Apparently he broke into U.S. military computers to hunt for evidence of a UFO cover-up."

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Smart? Yes. A Nut? Perhaps. How about both? (5, Interesting)

lecithin (745575) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757485)

"Apparently he broke into US military computers to hunt for evidence of a UFO cover-up."

It sounds like an excuse to me.

So is the guy really nutty or is this just an attempt to justify his illegal activities?

Then again, perhaps he was on to something?

Re:Smart? Yes. A Nut? Perhaps. How about both? (2, Insightful)

markild (862998) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757525)

LOL..

If you're that good you're doomed to either be retarded or wacko.

This obviously proves it ;)

Re:Smart? Yes. A Nut? Perhaps. How about both? (5, Funny)

Omnieiunium (872399) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757569)

He wasn't onto anything. He found nothing. Nothing at all. He did not hack into our databases or steal information. Never happened. Never.

Re:Smart? Yes. A Nut? Perhaps. How about both? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757654)

This message was sponsored by the Iraq Information Minister [welovethei...nister.com] .

He Got The Wrong System (4, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757740)

If he was really smart he would have broken into the alien computer system via the link in...ah, forgot I ever said that.

what? (2, Insightful)

professorhojo (686761) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757489)

$1 billion damages? honestly - how do they come up with these figures?

they'd do better hiring this guy to teach their sysadmins a thing or two.

Re:what? (2, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757552)

$1 billion damages? honestly - how do they come up with these figures?

they'd do better hiring this guy to teach their sysadmins a thing or two.


They hire overpaid techs that do shoddy work. They have to come up with these figures in order to make sure the public doesn't mind them wasting taxpayer dollars to track him down all over the world.

Re:what? (2, Funny)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757741)


Hey! I'm one of those overpaid, shoddy techs, you insensitive clod!

Re:what? (4, Insightful)

jandrese (485) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757556)

From what I've been able to tell over the years, the damages in these cases is almost completely made up. The FBI loves to post huge numbers on cases like these because it makes them look important. More realistic estimates based on administrator time and business lost due to the servers being unavailable tend to be far lower.

Re:what? (0)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757567)

How about this part:

The charge sheet alleges that he hacked into an army computer at Fort Myer, Virginia, where he obtained codes, information and commands before deleting about 1,300 user accounts.

While not $1 billion in damages there is a cost to recovering and reconstructing those accounts. Not to mention trying to figure out where all those holes in security came from and patching them.

Re:what? (5, Insightful)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757624)

To be fair, the cost of finding and fixing trhe holes should not be included. After all, it was broken before he got there.

Not to mention that they should be found and fixed regardless of any intrusions.
=Smidge=

Re:what? (5, Insightful)

the_bard17 (626642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757629)

Not to mention trying to figure out where all those holes in security came from and patching them.

Yeah, that makes sense. Pawn the cost of fixing your security holes on the guy who found them.

If my house ever gets burglarized, I'm going to try to get the burglar to pay the contractor to fix the "hole" the burglar got in through.

Re:what? (2, Insightful)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757645)

>Not to mention trying to figure out where all those holes in security came from and patching them.

that's BS. you didn't see Ford suing its customers that discovered the flaws in their cars and forced fixes did you?

counter argument: Ford's customers paid for something and were then endanged.

counter counter argument: citizens pay taxes to be protected and the government fails at this job when it uses crap systems.

Re:what? (1)

yotto (590067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757657)

*there is a cost to recovering and reconstructing those accounts. Not to mention trying to figure out where all those holes in security came from and patching them.*

While I don't condone in any way what this guy did, you can't charge the guy who cracked your poor security system with fixing it. If someone breaks into your house becasue you never bought a lock for your door, you can't throw 'lock for the door' in with what he took.

Re:what? (1)

null etc. (524767) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757626)

$1 billion damages? honestly - how do they come up with these figures?

Easy. Human life is "priceless", and think about how many sys admins killed themselves after getting fired for letting a UFO spook break into their systems.

Anyways, at least this guy was using his power for good. At least, we hope. Maybe he planted fake evidence of WMD in Iraq.

Re:what? (4, Informative)

nodwick (716348) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757664)

The idiot article quoted in the summary got it wrong. See here [digital-lifestyles.info] or here [cnn.com] . The original article also gets the correct number in british pounds.
Using software downloaded off the internet, McKinnon allegedly hacked his way into almost 100 networks operated by NASA, the US Army, US Navy, Department of Defence and the US Air Force, with the US government estimating that his antics have cost around one million dollars (£570,000, 790,000) to track down and fix.

Re:what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757715)

Million, billion, what's the difference?

Re:what? (4, Funny)

93,000 (150453) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757683)

Duh . . .

He compromised over 3 Libraries of Congress worth of information, which costs the government such a large amount of money that, if stacked in $20 bills, it would be the size of four Volkswagen beetles. And if you don't know that it takes 1/4 billion in twenties to equeal a Volkswagen bug, then turn in your nerd card at the door.

Re:what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757689)

Well this is the same government that buys thousand dollar screwdrivers and toilet seats. I can just imagine how much they overpay for thier Linux sofware. ;)

Re:what? (1)

bmwM3 (888628) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757722)


"Many of the computers he broke into were protected by easy-to-guess passwords, investigators said."

Worlds biggest hacker? Sounds like your typical network security headaches to me. I doubt theres much the NASA/Pentagon admins could learn from this guy other than UFO looney bin talk--oh wait were talking about NASA, nevermind.

Obligitory Slashdot Discussion (5, Funny)

DeadSea (69598) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757494)


I don't believe that this guy is the world's biggest hacker. Have you seen Cowboy Neal??? Now that's big!

This guy was looking for UFOs. In Soviet Russia, UFOs look for you!

We all know that if he was an uber-hacker he would have created a Beowulf cluster of all the computers he hacked.

One billion in damages? That number has to be inflated. (Actually the article says 570000 pounds which is only about 1 Million US dollars according to my currency calculator [ostermiller.org] )

  1. Get paranoid about UFOs
  2. Hack into the US government
  3. Get caught
  4. ????
  5. Profit!

Re:Obligitory Slashdot Discussion (4, Funny)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757544)

you must be new here.

Re:Obligitory Slashdot Discussion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757571)

4. Write a book / Create a 'Hacking' homestudy course, and go on the 'Tonight Show'.

5. Let the jack just roll right in, baby! (in the words of MasterShake)

Re:Obligitory Slashdot Discussion (5, Funny)

Thuktun (221615) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757666)

Actually the article says 570000 pounds

Wow, that guy IS big.

Re:Obligitory Slashdot Discussion (2, Funny)

The Jon (605125) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757721)

I for one welcome our newly arrested soon to be extradited worlds biggest hacker overlord. ...and maybe he has a thyroid problem, you insensitive clod.

World's Biggest Hacker Arrested... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757495)

...800 pounds!!

how fitting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757497)

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along.

The same response this hacker got while trying to find UFO info...

This guy isn't it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757500)

My guess is that the WBH is about 400+ lbs.

Biggest Hacker (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757501)

He's 7'2" @ 450 lbs

THE CONSPIRACY ARE TRUE!@! (0)

zug82 (882322) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757506)

its got men in black and everything!!!

did you know? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757509)

gay niggers are cool people

Pure nonsense. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757510)

"World's biggest hacker", you've got to be kidding!

Haven't they seen how much weight Kevin Mitnick's gained since his glory days?

World's biggest hacker (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757511)

Hey, is this a world's biggest hacker story about the world's biggest hacker? How many times can you say world's biggest hacker in one headline? World's biggest hacker!

Sweet Jesus. (4, Funny)

newrisejohn (517586) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757513)

If you do $1 Billion worth of damage just to look for UFO conspiracy information, you deserve to be locked up.

Although this could help his insanity plea.

"Damage" (1)

Mr Guy (547690) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757633)

Possibly, or is that "damage" in the sense of "music theft". Used in a sentence here:

He exposed how inadequate our systems are and upgrading them cost $1 billion dollars; therefore he did $1 billion dollars worth of damage.

Insanity plea indeed... (1)

Gadgetfreak (97865) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757728)

All he needs to do is start running at the mouth about how he knows who really killed JFK, or where Jimmy Hoffa's body is. Maybe claim that Amelia Earhart was abducted by aliens, that the gov't is controlling people with flu shots, and that Coke and Pepsi are the same thing. If he keeps going, he's bound to be labeled insane. Either that, or eventually guess something correctly.

So... (0)

IainMH (176964) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757515)

So just big is he? 7 foot? 300 pounds?

Re:So... (4, Funny)

hamburger lady (218108) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757587)

goes by the name of 'Brasky'. i'd say he's about 8'5", 750 pounds.

Re:So... (2, Funny)

eric_brissette (778634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757618)

I also thought it was a strange use of the word "big"

A really fat nerd was the mental picture that came to mind first.

This just in (5, Funny)

yotto (590067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757519)

The police have apologized to his mother for kicking in her door, but it was the only way they could reach the basement.

The World's biggest hacker? (0)

The Ivan (848147) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757523)

Measured by his waistline or "achievments"? Praise the Lard!

UFO cover-up (2, Interesting)

iocc (238550) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757528)

Did he find any evidence of a UFO cover-up?

Biggest Hacker? (1)

LS (57954) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757531)

There are a lot of chubby mo-fo's sitting in front of computers late at night these days. This guy must be pretty damn big...

LS

Didn't had the good url (1)

dascritch (808772) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757533)

http://www.googlesightseeing.com/2005/05/12/ufo/> This one is without risk. I Hope.

So the real question is.... (-1, Redundant)

Grey Ninja (739021) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757535)

Did he find the evidence?

Whoah (5, Funny)

LegendOfLink (574790) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757537)

OMG, they finally caught JeffK [wikipedia.org] !?

World's Biggest Hacker? (5, Interesting)

Dagny Taggert (785517) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757539)

Really? Because he broke into a Pentagon network? That just makes him stupid; if he were really a big hacker, he'd be doing blackhat corporate work. UFOs! Yeah...whatever.

They had to build a special cell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757540)

...with rebar reinforced concrete and a titanium foundation. The cell contains the world's largest hamster wheel. The hacking behemoth eats over 5000 calories a day.

2 questions (0)

millahtime (710421) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757545)

Is he really the worlds biggest hacker if he got caught?

Did he find evidence of UFOs? Were they hot babes from space?

Re:2 questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757751)

They were hot _chicks_, not babes.

Big? How big? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757547)

Did he overeat his meal portions Big?

Did He find any evidence of a UFO? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757553)

Did he find any evidence?

One beeelllliiioonn dollars? (4, Interesting)

bc90021 (43730) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757554)

1 Beeelllion Dollars?

Where do they get that from? If that's really the case, it would only take about 6,000 people to cause enough damage to double the national debt!

The article doesn't mention anything anywhere about pure damages, for starters. It mentions the costs associated with tracking and capturing the guy, and costs correcting some of the problems - combined. Those costs are listed as 570,000 pounds. At the exchange rate I just looked up (1.83 dollars to a pound), that's still only 1,054,500 dollars, which is more like a meeelllion dollars. Even if they tack on the 950,000 pound in fines, that's still not even three million.

That's a far cry from a billion... and about two million less than the damages Kevin Mitnick was supposed to have caused.

Frankly, they should have just let this guy find some "evidence" of UFOs. Then he might have spent his time trying to convince people of it instead of looking for more!

Re:One beeelllliiioonn dollars? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757621)

I think that's useful, and it's nice to feel needed, but I think it draws attention away from what's really important. Instead of staking out new territory and beating the holy crap out of the next street's bicycle club, which is what you should be doing, you're sitting around and pontificating about the importance of your position as the treasurer of the bicycle club (which is to say nothing about what an ass the president is going to be).

Re:One beeelllliiioonn dollars? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757643)

You're forgetting the other forensic expenses, expenses to change all the security in his wake, etc. That could spider out to be a great deal more than 1 mil.

Sweet! (1)

SenFo (761716) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757555)

UFO Cover-up, eh? So, please do tell what he found! And if you don't know anything, feel free to make something up ;-).

At least make an attempt to hide it... (0)

beeglebug (767468) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757558)

"World's biggest hacker held By Rob Singh, Evening Standard 8 June 2005 A London man described as the..."
Could it be any more copy and pasted? A little re-write or some formatting wouldn't hurt would it?

Re:At least make an attempt to hide it... (1)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757617)

Agreed. This is the first time in 6 years of /. where I'll actually complain about the article summary. Its confusing as hell to read, and it looks like nobody actually proof read it before it went live.

1 billion $ damage? (2, Insightful)

vidarlo (134906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757578)

How does they measure the damage done by a single person. 1 billion sounds awful, and if it is this single person that has done so much damage, one must ask how he can do that. I have a feeling it falls back to relaxed security, lazy sysadins and such. And how does they compute how much damage he has done? I guess some corps use the chance to do changes when restoring, so they might in fact get a lot new, which might be incorporated into the costs. Also, destroying a solution that costed $1M to make does not mean it'll cost $1M to reimplement it... So my guess is that those costs is a bit bogus, at best.

World's biggest computer hacker (1)

wolfemi1 (765089) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757579)

Sooo......


Exactly how large is he?

Re:World's biggest computer hacker (3, Funny)

BenBenBen (249969) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757625)

Not bigger than Kim Schmitz, surely.

Huh? (1)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757581)

Man they need to do their fact checking a bit more. That guy looks like he's 160 lbs. tops. I know I've seen some hackers top over 300 lbs. They're a bit wilier though.

lyk OMG no way !??!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757584)

is dat bad wut that guy did ??? i mean seriously omg i dont get it :(

Love,
~~Angelic Carrie~~

He didn't try to escape... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757586)

... on a flying bus?

Don't they mean cracker? (1)

JaF893 (745419) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757593)

Surely they mean the world's biggest cracker?

Re:Don't they mean cracker? (5, Funny)

Morgon (27979) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757671)

Why's it always gotta be about race?!

Re:Don't they mean cracker? (4, Funny)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757716)

Yes, a saltine of massive proportions.

Dreams do come true! (1)

geoffeg (15786) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757597)

Well, it looks like this guy's dream will come true and he'll get that anal probe he's been searching for. Too bad it'll be by some big, hairy dude instead of a big, hairy alien dude.

"biggest" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757600)

when police came to arrest him he swallowed all those pills he was offering for sale, via email THEN he was the biggest.

Ok, but the big question isn't answered (1)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757610)

Apparently he broke into US military computers to hunt for evidence of a UFO cover-up.

Did he find any?

How big is he? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757611)

How big is he? 300 lbs? 400? He must be huge!

Will they plea?? (2, Interesting)

mbathgate (617932) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757614)

The question now is whether the government will attempt a plea deal and put him to work like we've seen in other cases. With jails full, it seems rather silly to put such useful talent behind bars when he really isn't a threat to society. Plus, he could be our secret weapon against those vicious North Koreans. He's got to be worth at least 100 NK's if he's the "biggest in the world, right?"

"World's biggest hacker" (0, Redundant)

@madeus (24818) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757616)

"World's biggest hacker"...

He must be what, like 400 pounds?

Re:"World's biggest hacker" (1)

CTalkobt (81900) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757648)

Just an offtopic thought...

I'm currently listening to NPR right now and they're talking about terrorists. The question of weight brought up this question to me:

Do they have any fat suicide bombers? My thinking is no, as their bellys would cushion the impact of the bomb.

Translation .... (1)

argoff (142580) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757620)

Now that they have him, they're bringing him back to the states to work for the US government!

their most secure computers? (1)

koi88 (640490) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757622)


breaking into its most secure computers at the Pentagon and Nasa.

Their most secure computers should be those that are not connected to any network.

I don't know about uncovering the UFO conspiracy.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757628)

...but discovering an anal probing seems a distinct possibility.

How big? (1)

uniqueUser (879166) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757635)

Surly not much bigger than 15 stones I would say.

Say it one more time... (1)

ravind (701403) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757637)

"World's Biggest Hacker", yes we get the idea. We don't need to read it 4 times before we get to the end of the second sentence.

Free On Bail (BBC) (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757639)

According to this, he's free on bail:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4071708.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Say G'bye to Gary (1)

Gadgetfreak (97865) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757641)

If he gets extradited, I'm sure he'll be covered up along with the rest of the evidence of UFOs.

It'll be the next conspiracy...

Re:Say G'bye to Gary (2, Funny)

gc8005 (733938) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757753)

No, it won't be covered up. He'll go to Gitmo and be interrorgated. They'll probably flush his Perl Cookbook down a toilet, maybe desecrate a few of his Star Wars comic books. In about 10-15 years, the ACLU will finally get him a trial. Why do you hate Freedom?

Most secure? (5, Insightful)

Mille Mots (865955) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757650)

...The unemployed former computer engineer is accused of causing the US government $1billion of damage by breaking into its most secure computers at the Pentagon and Nasa...

Maybe it's just me, but any device connected to any other device is no longer to be considered as secure.

I would have guessed that the gubbermint's "most secure computers" would be airgapped, but apparently that is not the case. Or, perhaps, the author of TFA is being just a bit sensational and overdramatic. ;)

Matrix (1)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757651)

"You have a problem with authority, Mr. Anderson. You believe you are special, that somehow the rules do not apply to you. Obviously, you are mistaken."

biggest hacker (0, Redundant)

solarlux (610904) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757661)

> "World's biggest hacker held By Rob Singh"

So how much did he weigh?

A more reputable UK Paper (2, Informative)

tezza (539307) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757662)

The Independent [independent.co.uk] . They have the decency to say 'Hacker'

The Evening Standard releases The Metro and Evening Standard Lite. All are rubbish.

Photo of worlds biggest hacker finding UFOs (2, Funny)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757663)

Here is the photo [weeklyworldnews.com] that Reuters released for this news story. It shows the worlds biggest hacker successfully getting into the Pentagon's secret UFO research labs.

He looks kinda feminine to me...

Odd facts in this case (4, Insightful)

FunWithHeadlines (644929) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757667)

What an incredibly odd story. Look at these quotes from the article:

"Most of the alleged hacking took place in 2001 and 2002. At one stage the US thought it was the work of the al Qaeda terror network. "

OK, so this must have been some serious stuff going down for them to think that he was al Qaeda. Or was it?

"Friends said that he broke into the networks from his home computer to try to prove his theory that the US was covering up the existence of UFOs. "

Uh oh, we're talking mentally off here.

"He is accused of a series of hacking offences including deleting "critical" files from military computers. The US authorities said the cost of tracking him down and correcting the alleged problems was more than £570,000. The offences could also see him fined up to £950,000 if found guilty on all charges. "

Here it comes, the big bill for this mentally off "al Qaeda" operative. "Lesse, captain, I spent my lunch hour running a scan." "Aha! We'll bill that time as worth £50,000!"

"Prosecutor Paul McNulty alleged that McKinnon, known online as "Solo," had perpetrated "the biggest hack of military computers ever". He was named as the chief suspect after a series of electronic break-ins occurred over 12 months at 92 separate US military and Nasa networks.

Ah, it gets better. This guy must have been hot stuff! They think he's some kind of master criminal or something. Or al Qaeda maybe.

"It is alleged that he used software available on the internet to scan tens of thousands of computers on US military networks from his home PC, looking for machines that might be exposed due to flaws in the Windows operating system.

Many of the computers he broke into were protected by easy-to-guess passwords, investigators said. In some cases, McKinnon allegedly shut down the computer systems he invaded. "

WHAT?! He's just a script kiddie??! All this fuss over some guy port scanning Windows boxes??

"The charge sheet alleges that he hacked into an army computer at Fort Myer, Virginia, where he obtained codes, information and commands before deleting about 1,300 user accounts.

Other systems he hacked into included the Pentagon's network and US army, navy and air force computers. "

So let me get this straight. Some nutcase into UFOs uses script kiddie technology to port scan Windows boxes and somehow manages to get into the Pentagon and the military? Are you kidding me? Either they are running Windows boxes with easy to guess passwords and insecure networks, or else they should have charged him with a lot worse stuff than standard port scanning. Or maybe the reporter has no clue what he did, but this doesn't add up.

The only thing that does make sense is the U.S. military thinking a script kiddie UFO chaser was a master criminal at work...

Error (2, Informative)

DigitalOSH (884551) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757674)

Theres an error in the summary. No one claimed he was the world's biggest hacker. The quote [bbc.co.uk] was in fact "Mr McKinnon is charged with the biggest military computer hack of all time"
-Paul McNulty, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

"Most secure computers" - I doubt it (4, Insightful)

Lemming Mark (849014) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757675)

Unless the Pentagon and NASA have VERY VERY silly systems, their *really* important computers are simply *not* accessible to hackers. I really can't believe that truly ensitive systems wouldn't just be air-gapped from the world.

Sure, it's possible to hack intelligence agencies but it I'd put money on it failing to get you the really juicy stuff!

Scanning For MS Computers (1)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757677)

"...looking for machines that might be exposed due to flaws in the Windows operating system."

That makes him more of an opportunist than a genius.

Weird Al anyone? (1)

DeafDumbBlind (264205) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757679)

World's "biggest" hacker...

When I read the headline I had a vision of a montage of of the "Fat" and "It's all about the Pentiums" videos.

Scully, come look at this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757693)

"A man gets arrested for doing 1 billion dollars of damages to files that aren't supposed to exist because there aren't UFO's.. ? Scully does this make any sense to you? Tell you what, you spend the night in this room cutting up this cadaver and I'll be back in the morning with more wacked ideas of where to go next. I think this Gary fellow may be on to something."

psssh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757697)

pssssh... they haven't caught me.

*ducks*... behind a proxy

World's Biggest Hacker (1)

prodangle (552537) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757703)

I thought that at 330 pounds [newsbits.net] , that title was safely held by Kim Schmitz [apechild.com] .

He didn't commit a crime in the US (4, Interesting)

thogard (43403) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757709)

He only committed a crime in the UK even though the effects that crime where in the US. There are already enough laws in the UK about breaking into military sensitive computers that can put him in jail for a very long time and there are enough treaties with the US so that breaking into a US military computer in the UK can get you thrown in jail forever.

The judge should rule that he can't be extradited to the US until he has been tried in the UK and then only if the US has charges that don't fit into double jeopardy.

seems he didn't find any evidence (1)

aurelian (551052) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757723)

so I guess the evidence of a massive UFO cover-up must be in some even more secure US military computers, the ones he wasn't able to get into..

Biggest hacker? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757735)

How fat is he?

US problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12757744)

Lets just assume that he has caused the billion dollar to vanish into nothingness...

Seems impossible to me if he hasn't found any evidence of something UFOrelated then...

How do they get the figure? Is that the cost to cover up all their security issues?

US govrnmnt should appologize for the secrets they held from him. If they would be 'transparant', the hacker wouldn't have hacked, he would have 'searched'...

And you can't really say he is the best hacker (and the geeks here can't say he isn't), you haven't met him, you don't know what he can, and you surely don't know how he got busted...

70 years? Nope! Offer of employment? Yes! (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12757755)

Methinks he might be on the NSA/FBI payroll within the month - mind you of course he will 'go' to 'prison', it's just that he'll be snuck out the back almost immediately and only return when someone he knows wants to visit.

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