British computer administrator indicted for hacking

After a 17-month investigation, federal grand juries in Virginia and New Jersey this week indicted 36-year-old British computer administrator Gary McKinnon for allegedly hacking into 105 U.S. military networks over 12 months beginning in March 2001. McKinnon was apprehended in London by Britain’s National High Tech Crime Unit, which has cooperated with the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command’s Computer Crimes Investigative Unit and other U.S. agencies. McKinnon is accused of deleting files and causing loss of Internet access to thousands in the Defense Department, Army, Air Force and NASA.

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