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Alleged military installation hacker Lauri Love won't be extradited to US

By LEADA GORE | Alabama Media Group, Birmingham | Published: February 7, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Tribune News Service) — A 32-year-old British hacker suspected of breaching networks at Alabama's Redstone Arsenal and other military installations around the country won't be returned to the U.S. to face trial.

The London High Court blocked the extradition of Lauri Love, saying it will "deal with the matter ourselves rather than accept the U.S. government's demands," NJ.com reported. Love's attorneys argued he has Asperger's syndrome and depression and sending him to the U.S. would be "unjust and oppressive."

Love faces charges in New Jersey, New York and Virginia in connection to alleged hacks of the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Army, U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and other government computers between 2012 and 2013.

According to prosecutors, Love and other unnamed co-conspirators hacked into government computers to steal confidential data, including personal information on thousands of individuals. In messages between the co-defendants, Love allegedly said the information was enough to "do full identity theft on any employee or contractor" for a government agency.

In addition to cyber intrusions targeting Redstone Arsenal, Love and his co-conspirators allegedly infiltrated an Army database in Mississippi, Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and an Army research and development center in New Jersey.

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