May 10, 2006

Computer hacker set for U.S. extradition

LONDON (Reuters) - A British computer expert accused by
Washington of the world's "biggest military hack of all time"
can be extradited to the United States, a court ruled on

Gary McKinnon, 40, was arrested last June following charges
by U.S. prosecutors that he illegally accessed 97 government
computers -- including Pentagon, U.S. army, navy and NASA
systems -- causing $700,000 worth of damage.

McKinnon, whose hacking name was "Solo," had admitted
gaining access to U.S. government computers but denied causing
any damage. His case will now be passed to the Home Secretary
who will make the final decision on extradition.