Lauri Love is facing up to 99 years in a US prison after hacking into American agencies such as the US Army, FBI, NASA, Federal Reserve Bank and the Missile Defence Agency.
Authorities arresting the British activist at his parent’s home in Stradishall, Suffolk in 2013 see him adamantly refuse to hand over his encryption keys and passwords.
There were three warrants from the USA on the 31 year-old in connection to cyber crimes in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia during 2012 and 2013.
Reports confirm Love who is an Asperger’s sufferer did break into the computers of various major US government agencies, pilfering classified information.
For his latest extradition hearing, Love appears in Westminster Magistrates’ Court wearing a green hat with a bear on it while carrying a copy of the book ‘Saving Gary McKinnon: A Mother’s Story’.
“According to Glasgow-born McKinnon’s story, he was also facing hacking charges in the US but was saved from extradition after the home secretary, Theresa May, intervened”.
As the UK’s National Crime Agency begins new measures to force Love to disclose the encryption codes and passwords he stole from the US. Love remains unmovable in his decision to not give out any information.
Speculations observe Love was “a part of a criminal network specializing in computer intrusions, and is said to have taken part in a ‘hacktivist’ protest against the US government by Anonymous”.
Love and McKimmon’s case holds a strong comparison; as the latter, who is accused of the “biggest military computer hack of all time” escapes extradition to the US in 2012 after the home secretary’s intervention.
The NCA prosecutor requests for District Judge Nina Tempia to “order Love to disclose the information”
The prosecutors failure to obtain the data even after citing the section 49 of the Regulation of Investigatory Power’s Act seems to have them riling.
Love is on bail and is taking legal steps against NCA as he tries to “secure the return of his computer equipment”.
Those supporting Love include, Courage Foundation, who clamor for his release as “he could not cope with conditions in the U.S. prison system”, they observed.
Judge Tempia rises for an hour, insisting she reserves judgement for herself.