“The US inflated the $700,000 bill for damages it slapped on UFO hacker Gary McKinnon by stuffing it with costs incurred for patching the gaping holes the hacker had exposed in its computer security, according to a document filed with the Supreme Court,” reports Mark Ballard for ComputerWeekly.com.
“The US had not taken reasonable steps to protect its security and now expects McKinnon to pick up the bill, said an expert witness statement made in McKinnon’s ongoing appeal against a US extradition order,” reports Ballard.
“Peter Sommer, professor of security at the London School of Economics, said damage assessments of computer security breaches should consider ‘whether the victims have taken reasonable steps to limit the damage’” reports Ballard.
“McKinnon had used Remotely Anywhere, a software tool, to hack US military computers in search of UFO secrets. The 42-year-old faces extradition after being accused of hacking into 97 US government computers causing $700,000 of damage,” reports Ballard.
“Security experts in the US said McKinnon should be liable for the full $700,000 of security checks performed in his wake,” reports Ballard.
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