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Hacker's future remains uncertain

PUBLISHED: 17:58 16 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:56 07 September 2010

THE future of US computer hacker and former Crouch End resident, Gary McKinnon, remains uncertain as his period of four weeks grace has been extended. Mr McKinnon, 42 and a former Highgate Wood pupil, is currently awaiting extradition after being accused

THE future of US computer hacker and former Crouch End resident, Gary McKinnon, remains uncertain as his period of four weeks grace has been extended.

Mr McKinnon, 42 and a former Highgate Wood pupil, is currently awaiting extradition after being accused of causing $700,000 worth of damage when he allegedly hacked into US security systems from his Hillfield Avenue home in 2002.

In January, the director of public prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer, confirmed that that Mr McKinnon would not be extradited until he had considered his signed confession.

But the crime prosecution service (CPS) has now confirmed that Mr Starmer has not yet reached a decision.

A spokesman said: "We hoped we would be able to make a decision within four weeks. We still aim to make a decision soon.

"Every case is difference and there are different things to consider."

He would not confirm when a decision would be reached but stated it would most probably be within the next month.


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