Gazza McKinnon fails in his High Court extradition block

Sad to see that Gazza Mckinnon has failed in his Law Lords appeal to prevent his extradition to the US for a hacking trial.

I can't say I'm surprised, as the lead opinion for the Law Lords, Lord Justice Simon Brown, used to be the head of the UK intelligence services, but hope springs eternal.

According to Tony Skinner, the features editor of Jane's Defence Weekly, the US has become extraordinarily concerned about attempts to hack its military networks.

Skinner says that whilst most probes into government networks are more of an annoyance in nature, a concerted cyber attack against a critical physical infrastructure has become a key concern to the US government.

"In recent years, the US Department of Defense has become increasingly focused on such vulnerabilities and the threat of concerted denial of service attacks against critical government networks," he said, adding that this is what happened in Estonia last year.

According to Skinner, under the current administration, the White House has established a major cyber security initiative, which has proposed a series of projects worth more than $17 billion, according to a recent Senate Armed Services Committee report, to secure its government networks.

"In addition, the US Air Force has established a new Cyber Command as part of the military's effort establish control and fight in the cyberspace domain," he said.

So what does all this mean for Gazza? My best guess is that he will, unfortunately, be extradited to the United States for a show trial, where he will be found guilty.

The US government will then strike a deal with the British government over the sentence and allow Gazza to serve out a nominal sentence - most of it in an open prison - in the UK.

Gazza will then be released and write a book about his life, which will be turned into a movie. And so on.

So - whilst life looks a bit bleak for you at the moment old chap, don't despair. Things, as they say, can only get better...

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