"You get on to easy networks, like Support and Logistics, in order to exploit the trust relationship that military departments have between each other, and once you get on to an easy thing, you find out what networks they trust and then you hop and hop and hop, and eventually you think, 'That looks a bit more secretive'," McKinnon told The Guardian.
Even more interestingly, McKinnon claims to have been able to access the US' Space Command network, where he found evidence of an extra terrestrial mission.
"I found a list of officers' names," he claims, "under the heading 'Non-Terrestrial Officers'... What I think it means is not earth-based. I found a list of 'fleet-to-fleet transfers' and a list of ship names. I looked them up. They weren't US Navy ships. What I saw made me believe they have some kind of spaceship, off-planet."
McKinnon faces many charges, some of which are alleging "fraud and related activity in connection with computers" covering the US Army, Navy, Air Force and NASA. Some of the most serious allegations are that he did intentionally cause damage without authorisation by impairing the integrity and availability of data, programs systems and information. If found guilty (and do you really think he won't be?) he faces huge fines and years and years in jail.
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