New readers of this publication will have much sympathy for hacker Gary McKinnon who was recommended for extradition to the
McKinnon has admitted hacking into
His defence is that he was just a bumbling computer nerd, who became addicted to hacking. He has also claimed that since he could log on to top secret networks without a password, the
It is a defence that will be rehearsed in the appeal courts and possibly all the way to the Home Secretary’s desk. But while the prospect of 60 years in a
The biggest hacking threat to businesses today comes from organised crime. Some 89% of
The ability of fraudsters to skim the details of chip and Pin cards and siphon millions from consumers’ bank accounts and the attempt by a gang to use a keyboard logging Trojan horse to spy on desktop computers at Sumitomo, the Japanese banking group, to steal £220m in 2005 show where the real risks lie.
In this world McKinnon is small fry and harsh punishment for him is unlikely to have any deterrent effect on those behind the growing tide of cyber crime.