Pink Floyd frontman performs on CD to back British hacker
CD, due out next month, aims to garner attention for UFO hacker McKinnon's case
Computerworld - A British hacker who has been fighting extradition to the United States for the past seven years is getting support from some well-known musical backers.
David Gilmour, singer and guitarist for the iconic English rock bank Pink Floyd, has already recorded a song for an upcoming CD that's now being put together to support Gary McKinnon, 43, according to Janis Sharp, McKinnon's mother. McKinnon is an admitted hacker who in 2001 broke into computer systems in the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and the U.S. Army.
McKinnon, who was an unemployed system administrator in the U.K. at the time of the 2001 hack, has been using a series of legal maneuvers and appeals over the past seven years to fight extradition to the United States.
McKinnon was indicted in November 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He has said he broke into U.S. military computers hoping to uncover evidence of UFOs.
As McKinnon continues to fight extradition, his vocal supporters have been waging their own battle.
Late in January, Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, wrote a newspaper column calling on President Barack Obama to call off U.S. efforts to extradite and prosecute the British hacker. Johnson called the U.S. extradition efforts a "legal nightmare" and a "comment on American bullying."
In an e-mail to Computerworld, Sharp said McKinnon's supporters are putting together the compilation CD to raise awareness about his case and to hopefully get Obama's attention. The CD, which is slated to be released next month, will include Gilmour's recording, along with songs from other artists, whose identities have yet to be disclosed, she added.
Sharp noted that the CD will be available for download, and that her son's supporters are looking to distribute in retail stores as well.
Earlier this month, McKinnon's supporters held a musical protest outside the U.S. embassy in London. The protest was timed to correspond with Obama's arrival at the G20 summit of world leaders held in London.
At computer security conferences in London. McKinnon has described in detail how he hacked into the U.S. military computers.
The U.S. government alleges that McKinnon caused $900,000 in damages to computers in 14 states, and that he caused the shutdown of critical military networks shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He faces a sentence of 60 years or more in the U.S.
Read more about Cybercrime and Hacking in Computerworld's Cybercrime and Hacking Topic Center.
- 15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
- How 19 Tech Titans Target Healthcare
- Twitter Suffering From Growing Pains (and Facebook Comparisons)
- Agile Comes to Data Integration
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- Who's Spying on You? You're aware of the threats of malware to your business but what about the ever-changing ground rules? Cybercriminals today are launching attacks against...
- Is Your Big Data Solution Production-Ready? Read "Is Your Big Data Solution Production-Ready?" now, and discover best practices and actionable steps to implementing a production-ready big data solution.
- Pay-as-you-Grow Data Protection: IBM Tivoli's Full-featured Data Protection Suite for Small to Medium Businesses IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery gives small and medium businesses the opportunity to start out with only the individual solutions...
- Streamline Data Protection with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) has been an industry-standard data protection solution for two decades. But, where most competitors focus exclusively on Backup...
- Webinar: Building a Big Data solution that's production-ready Big data solutions are no longer just a nice-to-have.
- Meg Whitman presents Unlocking IT with Big Data During this Web Event you will hear Meg Whitman, President and CEO, HP discuss HAVEn - the #1 Big Data platform, as well... All Cybercrime and Hacking White Papers | Webcasts