Gary McKinnon: Inside the head of a super hacker

Gary McKinnon faces extradition, and a lifetime in prison, for breaking into computers at the Pentagon and Nasa. He tells Geneviève Roberts how it all started as a harmless prank.

Gary McKinnon, accused of the "biggest military hack of all time" by US prosecutors, is sitting in his local, rolling a cigarette. Only his shredded fingernails betray the fear he has lived through in the past four years.

In that time, his former addiction to hacking has lost him his girlfriend and career in IT, and is now threatening to incarcerate him for the rest of his life. He faces 60 years in an American prison after Home Secretary John Reid agreed last week to his extradition, a decision he is appealing against. Independent Online Edition > Science & Technology

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