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The 44 year old, who is a cult hero on YouTube, has spawned a website called FreeGary and has inflamed the twilight world of UFO fanatics.
He insists he hacked into the computer networks only to find evidence of extra-terrestrial landings.
He is self-taught and worked under the name Solo but managed to cause more than £475,000 ($990,660) in damage to some of the most supposedly secure computers in the US, including those operated by NASA, the Pentagon and several arms of the US military.
He is accused of hacking into computer networks operated by Nasa, the US Army, US Navy, Department of Defence and the US Air Force.
One of the networks belonged to the Pentagon.
The US estimates the costs of tracking and correcting the problems he allegedly caused were around $1m (£570,000).
If he is extradited and found guilty, Mr McKinnon faces a long sentence in the US.
The Briton was indicted in 2002 by a federal grand jury on eight counts of computer-related crimes in 14 different states.
It claimed that he hacked into an army computer at Fort Myer, Virginia, obtained administrator privileges and transmitted codes, information and commands.
He is accused of then deleting around 1,300 user accounts.
The indictment alleged Mr McKinnon also deleted "critical system files" on the computer, copied a file containing usernames and encrypted passwords for the computer and installed tools to gain unauthorised access to other computers.
At the time of the indictment Paul McNulty, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said: "Mr McKinnon is charged with the biggest military computer hack of all time."
Originally posted by Memysabu
HAHAHA you arnt doing much on a 14k modem.
I totally agree with the above post.
This isnt my first rodeo. This guy is definataly being built up.
Sounds like someone who knew just enough to get in trouble.
And not nearly enough to use the right equipment.