It was good news today for the Computer hacker Gary McKinnon, who had been fighting for 10 years to avoid extradition to the US, that will not face charges in the UK. After he admitted hacking into their military computer systems, allegedly causing $800,000 worth of damage. Which could have, seen him land in jail for up to 60 years, if he was convicted.
Mr McKinnon, 46, admits accessing US government computers but says he was looking for evidence of UFOs. His mother Janis Sharp has long fought the extradition on behalf of Mr McKinnon citing his Asperger’s syndrome.
On hearing the news she said I'm very pleased and glad Gary's not going to have to go through another long term of trauma. However his extradition warrant is still outstanding so "I would love more than anything now for Mr Obama to give Gary a Christmas pardon."
But this case has thrown a light into the world of wider world of hacking .And although so far other people have been given relatively small fines and community service, this international cooperation between countries, does show that governments will hold hackers wherever they are in the world to account.
Written and presented by Ann Salter