Ethical Case Study for Part 2
This report discusses about ethical issues that has been quoted from the Guardian “the biggest military computer hack of all time.” Gary McKinnon a Systems administrator from Glasgow; born 10 February 1966 who is suffering Asperger’s Syndrome and has been blamed upon of hacking into the United States Government computer systems. He presumably “states that he was merely looking for evidence of a UFO cover-up, the suppression of Free Energy, and other technologies potentially useful to the public.” However the damages have resulted from this incident cost more than $800,000 of the Military and NASA’s computer security. This all first began in 1983 when Gary went to go to his local cinema to watch the movie WarGames, about a whiz kid who had hacked into the Pentagon, from an interview with Jon Ronson; The Guardian, Gary said that from this movie he did not mean it to actually come true, and had a thought in mind that he would work for the department of defence or NASA, on the other hand this is not the case for Gary’s case. Between the years 2001 and 2002 Gary McKinnon was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act in the UK just after the 9/11, and got bail by 2005. During that year the US government had started the “extradition proceedings,” Gary would face up to 70 years jail in the US, which would of exceeded to be sent to Guantanamo Bay, yet comparing the US punishment towards the UK it is considerably less. This case is still active, and McKinnon’s mother has prevented extradition from a long campaign. This report will look further in detail of what has been discussed above, as well as: * Gary’s Supporters/Appeal
* Issues on his Disability
* Damages on the US security
These are the Ethical Issues which I think that should be discussed about Gary McKinnon’s case.
Ethical Issues Surrounding Gary Mckinnon
On August 2008 Gary McKinnon’s Legal team settled on yet another appeal, this then lead onto finding out the fact that Gary McKinnon was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, but before the appeal Gary’s legal team made sure that the appeal would be granted first. Asperger’s Syndrome’s symptoms can come across “repetitive patterns of behaviour and interests,” and I think that this can clash against what has been mentioned before about the movie that Gary had seen when he was 17 about the whiz kid that hacked into the Pentagon. This may have affected Gary’s thoughts and even quoted from an interview “I didn’t mean it to actually come true.” From his interests and curiosity of UFO’s and other aspects, I do not think that anyone expected the result from all that has happened.
Gary McKinnon was accused of hacking into 97 different NASA and the United States computers in the years 2001 and 2002, he had used the name ‘Solo’ and had additionally got accused of hacking into various networks that was used by US Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of defence and NASA. In the USA Gary McKinnon currently have up to 20 charges which include: * Obtaining USA Top Secret Documents
* Intentionally damaging Computer protection software’s * Interfering with maritime navigation equipment
* Stealing computer files
* Deleting critical computer files
* Deleting Navy Weapons logs
The list that is shown above is just a few out of the damage that Gary caused USA. With all this that has been accused upon Gary McKinnon, he denied of causing any damage arguing against his search of UFO information. However he did admit that he left a threat on one computer, this referred to how useless the USA computer security was especially after the 9/11 attacks, he will carry on disrupting at high levels. His statement represented his belief that the 9/11 attacks was an inside job. What Gary attempted to prove was that once you’re on the network called ‘NetStat’, this would list the connections to that system of the US army/NASA etc. And Gary was...
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