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The period that has passed since Gary McKinnon hacked into US networks amounts to five times the length of any prison sentence given to those convicted of hacking in the UK, but far less than the 70 years he might face in jail if extradited to America.
The issue has still not been resolved ten years after the offences took place. British Home Secretary Theresa May is reviewing the case in the light of fresh medical evidence of McKinnon's autism and his mental state. At the High Court in January, two judges expressed concern about the delay in bringing McKinnon to trial, and listed the case for a hearing in July.
In all the controversy surrounding the case, it is rarely disputed what McKinnon actually did: hack into US military and NASA systems between February 2001 and March 2002, and delete data that temporarily disabled some of their defence networks. The costs of repair and tracking down McKinnon amounted to £400,000 ($A594,667), the US government claims.
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