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Lots of news for you today, kids!

Oxblood Ruffin has written an opinion piece entitled "Gary McKinnon: Wanted, Dead or Alive" for our friends at BoingBoing. It is worth a read.

Gary McKinnon and his mother, Janis Sharp
Gary McKinnon and his mother, Janis Sharp

Gary McKinnon is a Scottish technical expert, or as he is referred to by US federal prosecutors, the perpetrator of "the greatest military hack of all time." This claim is "total fucking bullshit", a phrase common amongst information security professionals.

Although Mr. McKinnon has high name-recognition factor in the United Kingdom he is virtually unknown to the American public. He is a mentally challenged hacker who waltzed through ninety-seven US military Web sites before being caught. Mr. McKinnon was looking for evidence of UFOs. He has Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism. It doesn't make him Rain Man but it does create a different perceptual framework.

Gary McKinnon was arrested in the UK in November 2002 after a thirteen month hacking spree into US military networks. He was eventually caught because he used his own email address to download a program called RemotelyAnywhere. Before the bust McKinnon had been under surveillance by Britain's High Tech Crime Unit. But then he did that, dare I say, retarded thing.

Gary McKinnon left his email address plus a number of taunting messages such as, "Your security is crap" on US military servers. Personally, I think the messages were on the polite side. America's military network security is the cyber equivalent of Swiss cheese. My granny could have pulled off McKinnon's hacks and she was well in the grave before they even transpired. Because remember, if you wanted to intrude into US military sites in 2001 all you had to do was key in: user = guest; password = hello.

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The British public stopped asking for justice for Gary McKinnon some time ago. Now they're demanding it.



In other news, Chamuco/Danny Quist (NSF) will be speaking (along with Lorie M. Liebrock) at VizSec 2009 on October 11, 2009. His topic will be "Visualizing Compiled Executables for Malware Analysis," which has been nominated as the conference's best paper. Attendance is mandatory.



Lastly, you will now follow COWFEED on on twitter. You know you need more cDc love. FOLLOW IT!!!1 You will do this, for I am DemonSeed Elite, and you are not. Amen!

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Ass-Burgers are delicious.

Thanks for sharing~

In the UK we are getting reports that he will be sent to prison for 16years and will not get a fair trial in U.S as he is already guilty, so the press are whipping up anti American feelings in the general public.
What he did, shows that security of any computer system in any Country is crap,


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