2012 – John McAfee goes into hiding because his neighbor (Gregory Faull) was found dead from a gunshot the day before. Belize police wanted McAfee to come in for questioning, but McAfee stated the police were “out to get him”. He fled to Guatemala where he was arrested for illegal entry. He was deported to the US on December 12th.
2002 – Gary McKinnon has been in the news ever since his arrest. Back in 2002, he hacked into networks run by NASA, the Pentagon, along with other military bases around the US. He claims he was on a hunt to find evidence that the US has been covering up alien contact.What makes this a tough case is that McKinnon lives in the UK. Since the arrest, he has been waging a war against being extradited to the United States. He has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome – a form of Autism.
BTW – this is the largest military hack known to have been perpetrated by one individual.
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