Poor guy. I am curious about how people come up with the figures they do about how much damage a hacker caused. My guess is whatever they spend to fix the problem. So… holes in computers they should have patched by didn’t or software they should have purchased but didn’t until the hacker caused the issue become damages.
To the U.S., he is a seriously dangerous man who put the nation’s security at risk by committing “the biggest military computer hack of all time.”
But Briton Gary McKinnon says he’s just an ordinary computer nerd who wanted to find out whether aliens and UFOs exist.
During his two-year quest, McKinnon broke into computers at the Pentagon, NASA and the Johnson Space Center, as well as systems used by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.
“I had seen the film War Games, and I do remember clearly thinking at the time, that’s amazing — a great big
military computer system and a young, spotty teenager,” the soft-spoken 39-year-old told Reuters in an interview.
The next stage of his legal battle takes place on May 10. But he hints that whatever happens, he has a lot more to tell.
“I can’t talk about a lot of stuff that I found. It’s just not the right time,” he said with a smile.