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A Romanian hacker who broke into systems run by the US Navy, NASA and the Department of Energy has avoided a custodial sentence in a trial at home but may still face extradition to the US. Victor Faur, 28, was convicted of hacking into US government systems between November 2005 and September 2006. He received a 16-month …


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  1. Norfolk Enchants Paris

    So many unanswered questions, so little time. Or interest.

    Does El Reg have shares in McKinnon or something?

    The man did a lot of stupid things and deserves to be tried for it. Whether he was after UFOs or mil. secrets is completely irrelevant. If someone hacked into my bank's systems to prove that my bank manager had seen the Loch Ness Monster, rather than to steal my money, I would still want him tried.

    Maybe some of this comes down to what was accessed, what was compromised and what the owners of the systems felt the real intention was. I agree with the Reg that double standards should not apply; however, the maxim 'let the punishment fit the crime' also applies.

    There is more to the McKinnon case than meets the eye, I feel. Whether it is the respective governments that are hiding things, or if it is McKinnon who isn't telling the whole truth, or both - we may never know.

    I also suspect that there are legal reasons for the difference in the way the two have been treasted. If McKinnon had been tried in the UK, the US judiciary may not have allowed a US trial under the double jeopardy rules (no, not the game show). However a Romanian trial may not carry such weight and therefore the Romanian dude could well get whacked again. Also, extradition treaties may make it difficult to actually extradite and try the Romanian in the US. What are the US/Romanian extradition treaties like? Do they exist? If it's hard to get the man legally extradited for trial in the US, maybe that's why they are happy to let him be tried at home.

    Perhaps the Reg could do more digging on that angle?

  2. Christoph Silver badge

    It's probably just embarrassment

    The trouble with McKinnon is that he's a nutter. The US military could cope with their systems being infiltrated by EVUL HACKERS and TERRORISTS, but having them cracked wide open by a raving loony is /embarrassing/

  3. Ted Treen
    Paris Hilton

    To be expected

    Most governments accept that they have a responsibility to their own citizens: Except Blair, whose whole approach was to drop his pants & bend over for Bush - because he had his/Cherie's eye on post-premiership income in true socialist manner.

    To their shame, the rest of the NuLab zombies have continued with this supine approach, with the rest of us being utterly expendable in the interests of them maintaining their own position at the trough.

    Paris, 'cos she knows what it's like to be shafted...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Time to get real

    All hackers should do serious prison time for their crimes. Believing that you can B&E and hide behind your PC monitor is not only foolish, it's a crime for which hackers should be punished. McKinnon is just another scumbag who got caught and should get at least 20 years for his crimes. As noted by others it doesn't matter why he B&E'd, it's still a crime.

    Punishment is meant to be a deterrent to crime, not an all expense paid holiday in the U.K. McKinnon will get a fair trial in the U.S. and be sentenced like every other criminal. The conspiracy theory that the U.S. is out to get McKinnon, are just fantasy. Why there is such patriotic support for a criminal defies logic. Do McKinnon's supporters think he was looking for a cure for Ausberger's syndrome or something? Time to get in touch with reality. McKinnon is just a sleazy criminal trying to avoid presecution any way he can.

  5. James Penketh
    Gates Horns

    And the moral of this story is...

    deny everything!

    > McKinnon admitted wrongdoing whereas Faur has strenuously contested the charges against him.

    Y'see, that's where Gary went wrong (well, other than breaking into their computers...) . He admitted that he did something wrong. In this day and age, that seems to be a no-no. Gods forbid that we should have someone, you know... taking responsibility for their own actions now.

    (Although IMO, McKinnon seems to be being made an example of. :( )

    Billy boy because he denies everything, naturally. :P

  6. storng.bare.durid
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    Ambiguity of title

    "US Navy hacker avoids Romanian jail"

    I leave it to you to decide how ambiguous the title is. Is this an American avoiding jail on foreign soil or...

  7. Aldous
    Black Helicopters

    @paul smith

    so mckinnon deserves to do more time then a hit and run / drunk driver or someone up on a manslaughter charge?

    why is being a fruitloop that embarrasses the state worse then someone that actively kills another person?

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