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Case Study 1: The Curious Case of Gary McKinnon Due: March 18, 2019 1:30 AM
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Impact of Intrusions and McKinnon’s Motivation The complete impact and full extent of an intrusion is never truly known until after the fall-out. A small-time hacker may only be dabbling around and end up causing a major catastrophe which they had no intention of doing. In contrast you may have a state-sponsored hacker who wants to bring world-wide notoriety to an incident and it may not even be reported or recognized. A little after September 11, 2001, a British hacker by the name of Gary McKinnon allegedly orchestrated one of the largest known hacks to U.S. military computers and networks (Stringer, 2012). The impact for the U.S. government and military was huge. McKinnon’s actions caused nearly one million dollars of damages along with shutting down of the U.S. Army district that protects Washington D.C. and the degradation of weapons station Earle, New Jersey which carries out the mission of tracking the location of munitions on U.S. Navy warships (Stringer, 2012). McKinnon proclaimed that his motivation was an attempt to find evidence of knowledge of UFOs and to expose security weaknesses within the U.S. government. These motivations came into question because of the message he left on an Army computer stating "US foreign policy is akin to Government-sponsored terrorism these days … It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand down on September 11 last year … I am SOLO. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels … " (Bailii.org, 2007). McKinnon Framework and Theories of Cyber-Crime Taken at face value, McKinnon fits the profile of a hacker perfectly…male, Caucasian, in his mid-30’s (at the time of his suspected crimes). McKinnon was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome during his extradition proceedings. People with Asperger’s tend to be just as smart as 1
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their peers but are socially awkward and tend to focus in on the same task or object. They also dislike change (Bhandari, 2018). Symptoms related to the disorder are all synonymous with a common hacker’s profile. Not fitting in or accepted socially and function normally in society pushes many hackers to their fate. Also, his total disregard for law for acknowledging he gained
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