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British military hacker freed on bail

A British computer hacker wanted by US authorities for allegedly causing $700,000 (£375,000) in damage to US military networks has been freed on bail.

Gary McKinnon, a 39-year-old north London man is alleged to have caused the damage to US computer systems between 2000 and 2002, when he hacked into systems operated by NASA, the Defense Department, and the army, navy, and airforce.

The man was originally arrested three years ago and then released, but the US government has now started extradition proceedings to bring him to the US for trial.

The man’s lawyers have insisted that he should stand trial in Britain. They also say his hacking was motivated by his desire to prove how easy it was to do, and his belief that the US authorities were hiding information that confirmed the existence of UFOs.

While on bail the man is not allowed to access computers connected to the internet. Under US law, if he is convicted, the man faces up to 10 years in jail.


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